The New South Wales construction industry will return to full capacity starting next week as immunization coverage in the state continues to grow.
Starting next Monday, NSW is relaxing all capacity limits on construction sites while retaining the “four square meter” density rule.
The industry has been operating at 50% capacity, with vaccination requirements for workers in the 12 Local Government Areas of Concern in Western and Southwest Sydney.
NSW reported 1,022 new local cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 deaths, bringing the epidemic’s toll to 255.
Of the 10 deaths, one was in their fifties, one in their sixties, two in their sixties, five in their sixties and one in their 90s.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard also confirmed that the council areas of Tweed, Byron Shire and Kempsey would be closed from Tuesday for seven days after an essential worker infected with coronavirus flew from Sydney to Ballina on Saturday and had been active in the community.
Rapid antigen testing initially found the man COVID-19 negative.
The Queensland government will therefore lock down residents of Tweed and Byron Shire from Wednesday, except for limited essential purposes. Kempsey was not included in the sanitary order.
Those entering Queensland from an unregulated area can only do so if they pass through restricted areas by private transport without stopping.
As double-dose immunization coverage in New South Wales exceeds 54%, Mr Hazzard revealed that people aged 18 and under will be able to create a “buddy bubble” of three, allowing them to visit their homes. them.
The NSW crisis cabinet agreed on Monday evening to offer relief to families and children after months of confinement and home schooling.
Children do not need to be vaccinated but all adults living with children should be fully vaccinated and children should stay in the same trio.
The three friends must live within three miles of each other or in the same local government area, NSW Health said.
Mr Hazzard admitted that health officials had expressed concern about the plan, but said the government’s job was to weigh several imperatives.
âWe are in an epidemic and everything must be balanced,â he said.
âStrict epidemiological views would be ‘we should all stay somewhere away from everyone else forever’, but mental health issues and other socialization issues and the fact that we are human beings mean it there must be a balance.
“We need to recognize the need for mental health and socialization and the things young people do as they grow, but keep them safe.”
Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated adults with their children were allowed last week.
The government’s signal to reopen the building sector comes a day after the Victorian government halted construction in several areas, including Melbourne, for two weeks.
The shutdown followed a violent protest outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Monday, while large protests continued on Tuesday against mandatory vaccinations for construction workers.
There are currently 1,266 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 244 people in intensive care units and 118 on ventilators.
The state is likely to reach the milestone of 70% double vaccination which will allow more freedoms during the first half of October.
Government modeling suggests daily COVID-19 infections may have already peaked in NSW, but hospitalizations will peak in October.
Mr Hazzard said he hopes community sport will resume in NSW soon and also said elder care visits are being considered.
On Monday, the town of Cowra in west-central New South Wales was forced into lockdown when a nine-year-old boy tested positive for the virus.
Associated Australian Press