Construction to resume in locked down Greater Sydney

Construction workers in Sydney's high-risk coronavirus locations will be allowed to leave if they meet new vaccination requirements.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said from Wednesday construction workers will be added to the list of authorised workers who can leave the eight coronavirus-stricken areas in Sydney's west and south-west.

However, they must have had at least one coronavirus vaccine dose or be fully vaccinated.

If they've had one dose, they will either have to wait three weeks before attending work or provide a negative test from the previous 72 hours.

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"NSW is currently trialling rapid antigen testing and when approved by NSW Health, that form of testing may be used as an alternative to a negative PCR test," the NSW Government said in a statement.

The eight high-risk local government areas (LGAs) are: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.

Sites in Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will need to work at 50 per cent capacity when the industry resumes under new restrictions on Wednesday, a NSW Government statement said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian previously allowed construction to go ahead on July 31 as long as the work was not located in the high-risk locations.

"We want workers back on the tools, but we need to continue to keep this virus at bay, and so by opening unoccupied worksites at 50 per cent capacity and vaccinating workers from within those affected LGAs, we can achieve both," Mr Barilaro said.

This comes as NSW records 319 cases of COVID-19 – a new record for the state.

Of these locally acquired cases, 125 are linked to a known case or cluster – 108 are household contacts and 17 are close contacts.

Construction workers will be prioritised for vaccination at a dedicated clinic at Sydney Olympic Park on August 15.

"We hope to vaccinate about 8000 workers at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 15 August, with vaccines also available at some GPs and pharmacies," Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said.

"We are also working with industry to facilitate rapid antigen testing trials on a number of public and private sector construction sites and that will soon provide added COVID-19 surveillance capability when approved by NSW Health for wider use."

Exemptions will be in place for individuals with medical or other conditions that make vaccination unsuitable.

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