COVID-19 Update – Authorised workers and surveillance testing requirements for western Sydney – Friday, 23 July 2021

Due to the emergence of further cases of community transmission in Sydney’s west and south-west, from 12.01am Saturday 24 July, people living in the Cumberland and Blacktown Local Government Areas (LGAs) will only be allowed to leave their LGA for work if they are an authorised worker.

Authorised worker restrictions are already in place for Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs. This means the authorised worker restrictions will now apply to five LGAs.

Authorised workers from the Cumberland, Blacktown and Liverpool LGAs who work outside their local government area are not required to undertake surveillance testing.

You can go to work in the same local government area you live in if:

  • you live and work in the Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield or Liverpool local government areas
  • the business is allowed to be open
  • you cannot work from home.

You must stay home. Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Reasonable excuses include obtaining food or going out for medical reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination. See the list of other reasonable excuses here.

If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

Authorised workers from the Fairfield LGA who work outside this area must have a COVID-19 test once every three days in order to be allowed to go to work.

People who live in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA but work outside this area as an aged care or health worker must have a COVID-19 test once every three days in order to be allowed to go to work. This includes workers who provide ancillary or support services for aged care and health, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers.

NSW Health continues to urge everyone in these five LGAs, and throughout NSW, to get tested immediately if they have even the mildest of symptoms and isolate until they receive a negative result. High rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the community. For the full list of authorised workers, please go to

All restrictions for workers in western Sydney can be found here.