• Tony Bosworth


Updated: Jul 30, 2021

The state government has decided we need another four weeks of lockdown - that's expected to be officially announced tomorrow by Premier Gladys Berejiklian - and no real surprises there given COVID infections are continuing to rise very day in NSW.

We're reliably told the crisis cabinet met this evening to finalise the plan.

We're also told restrictions will be eased on the construction industry from Friday, but there must be a COVID-safe plan for each worksite that plans to reopen.

On Tuesday afternoon the government lifted stay-at-home restrictions for the three regional areas locked down a week ago - Orange, Blayney and Cabonne - after there were no new cases in those areas since July 20.

Across Greater Sydney - which includes the Hawkesbury - there will also be rapid antigen testing of Year 12 students to allow them to return to school.

There are no plans for a return to face-to-face learning for school students in other years at this stage - so it looks like most school students will be having another month of home schooling.

The rapid tests are also set to be used within some key industries, including for supermarket workers.

And in a bid to get the vaccination numbers up, come Friday, adults of any age will be able to book an AstraZeneca vaccine at NSW Health clinics.

From next week about 450 pharmacies across NSW will offer the vaccine too.

Earlier today the Premier appeared to lay out the path we'll be taking when she said, "vaccination is the key to our freedom. Getting jabs in arms is a key part of our strategy.

"I want August to be the month where everyone comes forward to get the jab.

"That is key to us being able to see what September looks like. I don’t think anyone can deny that the vaccination rate is absolutely key to how we live life in NSW."

More on this as we get it, and of course tomorrow we'll be reporting live too as events unfold.

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