New restrictions and compliance measures for Georges River and NSW

Friday, 20 August 2021

In response to the developing COVID-19 situation, NSW has extended the current lockdown in Greater Sydney until 30 September with new rules introduced for the Georges River area.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, acknowledged that these restrictions have been developed by NSW Health and Police to reduce transmission and increase compliance.

“I want to stress that the vast majority of local residents are doing the right thing but we need complete compliance to reduce transmission and protect our community,” Mr Coure said.

“We will get through this together and I am again calling on all members of the community to talk to their GP about getting vaccinated and to follow the Public Health Orders at all times.”

From 12.01am, Monday, 23 August, the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the Georges River LGA:

 Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers,
emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the movement of young people.
 Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day.
 The following retail premises must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (tradespeople are allowed to shop in-store where relevant).
 All exams for education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC. The Government will provide further information on this education plan in due course.

Additionally, the following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the Georges River LGA will be introduced:
 Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the Georges River LGA must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
 Authorised workers who work outside the Georges River LGA are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their workplace or if they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
 From Saturday, 28 August, authorised workers from the Georges River LGA are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home.
 From Saturday, 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.

Special powers will also be given to the NSW Police Force including:
 Power for the Commissioner of Police to lockdown apartment blocks while health assesses the COVID risk.
 Power for the Commissioner of Police to declare a residential premise a COVID-risk premises and require all people to present to police during compliance checks.
 Powers to allow police to direct a person who has been issued with an infringement notice to return to their place of residence.
 If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days.

There have been a number of cases in early childhood education and care services, so parents and carers across the State are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home, unless they need to be at those services.

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