Working During Covid-19 Restrictions
Last updated Friday 23rd July
Screen NSW recognises that this is a very challenging time for everyone, and we thank you for your patience and responsiveness.
Based on the latest advice from NSW Health and the Premier’s announcement on 23 July, in brief, the community is asked to stay home, for people to reduce their mobility in the community and do not go to work unless your role absolutely requires you to do so.
The following changes have or will come into effect across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour until the end of Friday, 30 July:
From the beginning of Saturday 24 July, people who live in the Cumberland and Blacktown local government areas (LGA) will not be permitted to leave their LGA for work unless they are on the authorised worker list https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers
These two additional LGAs join Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool who are already not permitted to leave their LGA for work unless they are on the authorised worker list.
There is no change to mandatory surveillance testing requirements:
· residents of Fairfield must be tested every three days if they are leaving the LGA for work
· for Canterbury-Bankstown, healthcare workers and aged care workers must be tested every three days if leaving their LGA for work
· people who leave Greater Sydney for work must be tested every seven days.
The following restrictions remain in place:
From the beginning of Monday, 19 July:
· All work on construction sites is to be paused (except where required for the security or safety of the site or to protect plant or equipment).
· All maintenance, including cleaning services, repair work, alterations and additions on residential premises to be paused (except where urgently required for health, security or safety or in an emergency).
From 12.01am on Wednesday, 21 July:
· Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
The NSW Government is constantly reviewing the health advice and will continue to update the community if any changes are required. All other restrictions that are currently in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, will remain in place https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney .
What do the new restrictions mean for the screen production sector?
Currently, as long as you are working within the Public Health Orders and taking all the COVID-safe measures you can, screen production may continue. However, we ask that schedules are reviewed and anything that can be postponed while the stay at home Order is in place, is postponed. Where production must continue, it should continue with the utmost caution and use only essential personnel. Please limit the numbers of people allowed on set or on-site, and ensure everyone is wearing masks, indoors or outdoors when not on camera, and implement stringent COVID-plans. Please monitor everyone daily, and anyone with even the mildest symptoms should not attend work but should be immediately tested.
At this time, staff who are residents of Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney-workers#fairfield-map cannot leave their LGA unless they are an authorised worker https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers. From Saturday 24 July, this also applies to staff from Cumberlandand Blacktown LGAs.
Greater Sydney COVID-19 tests
If you live in Greater Sydney (incl. Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong LGAs) you must have a COVID-19 test in the seven days before working if your workplace is 50km or more outside Greater Sydney. This means if you live in Greater Sydney and are working for more than seven consecutive days outside of Greater Sydney, you will be required to re-test and must have proof of the test (text message or email) available for inspection on request. Employers must not permit a person who lives in Greater Sydney to attend work outside greater Sydney unless they have provided proof of a test.
These restrictions apply from the beginning of Monday 19 July 2021. Map of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas is here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney-workers#greater-sydney-map
Every production must have and be able to produce a COVID-Safe Plan. The Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-Safe Guidelines can be viewed here: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/covid-19-support/covid-safe-guidelines
Every production working on location should also advise the local Police Area Command that they are working in their area to avoid confusion or concern from local community members and possible shut down.
We ask that you continue to implement your bespoke stringent COVID-Safe plans to best ensure the safety of the cast, crew and the wider NSW community.
New venues of concern are being identified as case investigations continue, and the list of venues is continually updated. Everyone should check the NSW Health website regularly if they have visited any of these areas and have any symptoms, make sure to follow the NSW Health advice and get tested at one of the many COVID testing locations across NSW https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics. Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is also asked to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.
Please remember that we all have a role to play in slowing the spread of the virus and the best chance we have to keep the community safe and come out of lockdown is to follow the health advice.
Service NSW and support for businesses and individuals
- Information about setting up mandatory check-in with QR Code https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/customer-record-keeping/mandatory-electronic-check-in
- Service NSW has support for businesses affected by COVID 19 https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses
- Services Australia has support for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment/who-can-get-it/nsw-eligibility-rules/greater-sydney