The Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended for at least two weeks to July 30 within the current rule settings after NSW continued to record high numbers of new covid delta cases.
Fairfield Local Government Area
The Fairfield area has been designated a hot spot with special requirements.
If you live in or are staying in the Fairfield local government area but you work outside this area, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to enter a workplace.
PROOF OF COVID-19 TEST
You must have proof of your COVID-19 test such as an SMS text message on your phone or an email addressed to you.
You must show the proof of your test when asked:
- at your workplace by your manager (occupier) or
- to a police officer.
You do not need to get the results of your COVID-19 test before going to or staying at work.
You must get a test every 72 hours (3 days) when you are working outside the Fairfield local government area if you live in or are staying in the Fairfield local government area.
If you test positive, follow the rules for people who are confirmed cases of COVID-19.
ENTRY TO A WORKPLACE
Follow the requirements if you are the occupier of a premises that is:
- Not a place of residence
- Located outside the Fairfield local government area.
You must not allow a person to work at your premises unless that person has had a COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours. You are allowed to ask a person who is at your premises to show you proof that they have had a COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours.
This applies to all people, including employees, contractors and other service providers who:
- Work at your premises and
- Live in the Fairfield local government area.
PEOPLE WHO DO NOT NEED A MANDATORY COVID-19 TEST
You do not have to get a COVID-19 test before working outside the Fairfield local government area if:
- You are working at residential premises (someone’s home)
- You live outside the Fairfield local government area.
Under a new combined support package, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be further expanded and increased. The Federal and State Government will contribute via a 50/50 cost-sharing arrangement for new business support payments to be implemented in NSW.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment
From week four of a lockdown of a Commonwealth declared hotspot, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will increase to $600 if a person has lost 20 or more hours of work a week, or $375 if a person has lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work a week.
This payment would become a recurring payment for approved recipients if the Commonwealth declared hotspot and lockdown restrictions remain in place.
From 18 July 2021, the payment will be available to those outside Commonwealth declared hotspots in NSW that meet the criteria for the payment.
Information on how to apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payments can be found at the Services Australia website.
Small and Medium-Sized Business Support Payments
A new business support payment will be available to entities with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million who can demonstrate a 30% decline in turnover compared to the equivalent two-week period in 2019.
To receive the payment, eligible entities will be required to maintain their full-time, part-time and long-term casual staffing level as of 13 July 2021.
Eligible entities will receive payments of between $1500 and $10,000 per week based on the level of their payroll.
For non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, the payment will be set at $1000 per week.
Businesses can register their interest from 14 July 2021 at www.service.nsw.gov.au