The Territory’s residential and smaller scale construction sector restarts on Friday under a tweaking of lockdown restrictions.

It’s welcome news for the sector that has been forced to remain closed since the ACT went into lockdown on 12 August.

The smaller scale and residential resumption marks the completion of the industry’s stage restart after larger scale and civil projects were given the green light a week earlier.

Strict COVID safe restrictions will remain in place as the Territory continues to manage the threat of the delta COVID variant.

For residential construction projects that had started before the ACT went into lockdown, the following rules now apply:

  • The density limit is up to five people plus one supervisor on the worksite at any point in time. This includes a maximum of two people undertaking indoor work at any point in time.
  • There is to be no interaction between workers and residents within the worksite or premises. If residents are at home while work is being carried out, they must remain at all times in a separate area.

The following rules apply for new projects:

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  • No new indoor work is to commence, unless residents move out of the premises and the site becomes an Unoccupied Residence.
  • Emergency repair work is permitted to take place.
  • New outdoor work may commence, with a density limit of up to five people plus one supervisor outside on the worksite at any point in time.
  • There is to be no interaction between workers and residents within the premises.

Should new work begin in an unoccupied residence a limit of 1 person per four square metres applies or not more than five people plus one supervisor at any point.

For example, the maximum number of people permitted on a 16 square metre site is 4 people. The maximum number of people permitted on a 100 square metre site is five people plus one supervisor.

As part of the altering of the ACT’s lockdown restrictions, skateparks have also reopened.

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