COVID rules evolve as NSW lockdown continues 

Rules for construction operations in New South Wales, particularly in local government areas of concern, are evolving due to the coronavirus outbreak. Engineers should frequently be checking the NSW Government’s requirements for the latest information.
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This information was compiled on Monday 23 August. To keep up to date with the latest information pertaining to public health requirements and construction and tradespeople obligations, continue to check the NSW Government website construction rules and vaccination requirements

COVID-19 rules and restrictions continue to evolve across New South Wales as case numbers grow, though construction is permitted in both Greater Sydney and regional NSW.  

For construction workers in Local Government Areas of concern, you must not enter or remain at a construction site in Greater Sydney unless you have: 

  • had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or 

  • had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days ago or 

  • had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within the past 21 days and you have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours (3 days) or 

  • evidence of a medical exemption and you have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours. 

If you are required to have a COVID-19 test to enter or remain at a construction site, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours. 

In Greater Sydney density limits, among other COVID safe requirements, are also required on construction sites. This limit mean sites can have the lesser of either one person per four square metres or 50 per cent of the maximum daily workforce. 

Local Government Areas in the Central Coast and Shellharbour will now follow rules for regional and rural NSW, meaning only workers from regional and rural NSW or Greater Sydney, but not from local government areas of concern can work at construction sites in regional and rural NSW.  

Any Greater Sydney workers who are authorised to travel to work at construction sites more than 50km outside of Greater Sydney must follow the rules for testing.