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Employers face $10k fine if staff are not working from home, if able to

More retail premises will be required to close and a stricter lockdown for southwest Sydney from Sunday 18 July. The NSW Government has announced further restrictions on business and the public, given the number of infectious COVID-19 Delta strain cases in the community.

More retail premises will be required to close, southwest Sydney residents will be subject to a stricter lockdown and construction work and non-essential maintenance work must cease.

From 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 July:

  • Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:

– Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);

– Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;


– Pharmacies and chemists;

– Petrol stations;

– Car hire;

– Banks and financial institutions;

– Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;

– Agricultural and rural supplies;

– Pet supplies;

– Post offices and newsagents; and

– Office supplies.

  • In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers). Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms;
  • Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food; and
  • All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.

From 12.01am on Monday, 19 July:

  • All construction to be paused; and
  • Non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services, and repair work on residential premises to be paused.

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.

All other restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place.

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged.


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