The current stay at home orders will remain in place for another four weeks (until Saturday, 28 August 2021 at 12.01am) across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
However, there have been a number of updates to the orders and we wanted to take you through what this means for you.
Non occupied Construction returns – what this means for Strata
Construction in non-occupied settings outside of the LGAs of concern (with no residents on-site) will re-open as planned, subject to a one-person per 4sqm rule. These low-risk construction sites must have COVID safe plans in place, compliance will be strictly enforced. Construction cannot resume in the eight LGAs of concern, nor will construction workers be allowed to leave these areas.
Constructions, renovations and major works at occupied Strata complexes cannot go ahead at this time. Unoccupied units can have work done on them. However, this must be contactless and the use of common areas very limited, if lifts and common areas are required all day for instance, then this would not be classified as contactless. (See contactless tradies clarification for more details)
Contactless Tradies clarification
Trades people, including cleaners who are able to work with zero contact with residents, will also be allowed to resume (no more than two (2) people inside and five (5) outside). If contactless arrangements are not possible, work cannot go ahead. This work will not be allowed in the eight LGAs of concern, nor will workers be allowed to leave these areas.
In non-locked down LGAs where renovations, repairs and maintenance are permitted:
- in an outdoor area, no more than five (5) can undertake work at the same time.
- in an indoor area, no more than two (2). Also, it’s permitted that the household can be present in a separate room (eg. Bedroom).
Cleaning and waste disposal for strata plans (common areas) can continue as normal.
Access Device collection for authorised Trades works
Bright & Duggan is currently working on a ‘click and collect’ service for tradies to collect keys and access devices without needing human interaction which will help ensure tradies are able to undertake work without breaching the new health orders. We will advise tradies of the process as soon as it is finalised.
Gardening and other outside works
In most cases, gardening, landscaping and some outside maintenance can resume as long as the work does not require interaction or contact with residents. Common sense must be used and residents never put at risk by the attendance of any third parties to strata plans.
LGAs of concern
Given localised case numbers, eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) are declared areas of concern.
Only authorised workers in the following eight LGAs can leave for work.
- Georges River
Please note our employees including Building Managers will not be in attendance at buildings if they reside or are staying in those areas.
However, any affected on-site building managers will continue to manage your building remotely and we have plans in place for on-site checks through non-affected team members and for emergencies. Please contact your building manager as normal and we expect to provide our same services.
We have business continuity plans in place and are ready for all issues that Covid-19 may continue to bring us.
If you live in a locked-down LGA, only ‘authorised workers’ can leave for work. The category of “Other services” within authorised work is only for those doing essential services (maintenance, safety, upkeep) in relation to public and recreational spaces. Strata buildings are considered private spaces so that category doesn’t permit services like security, Building Manager’s, cleaning etc. Only workers that live in the lockdown LGAs can provide services to the buildings within those same LGAs.
For background, the intent of the ‘other services’ category is largely to allow for minimum upkeep of parks by council employees/contractors. The definition of a public place is as per below:
Public place means:
(a) a place (whether or not covered by water), or
(b) a part of premises, that is open to the public or is used by the public whether or not on payment of money or other consideration, whether or not the place or part is ordinarily so open or used and whether or not the public to whom it is open consists only of a limited class of persons, but does not include a school.
Support for affected businesses
There is obviously significant impact of LGA lockdowns on the ability of businesses to provide services. The focus is still to limit the spread of COVID beyond each affected LGA to keep Covid-19 numbers manageable. If you are affected, please visit the following links to see what business support is available:
More information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/
Book your vaccine appointment and help NSW move on from Covid by visiting:
Your health and well-being
Lockdowns aren’t fun and we all deal with this situation differently.
If you are struggling during this time, don’t do it alone, please reach out to the following free services:
Lifeline (for anyone having a personal crisis) — call 13 11 14 or chat online
Beyond Blue (for support and information about mental health) — call 1300 22 4636 or chat online
Kids Helpline (24/7 phone and online chat for young people aged 5-25 years) — call 1800 55 1800