Wes Lambert, chief executive officer of Restaurant and Catering Australia, said the assurance to the construction sector is a good sign, but the hospitality industry needs that same confidence.

“What is good for construction is certainly good for other sectors too,” he said.

“Industries like hospitality, events, and events need to know what the rules are, with sufficient lead time to order inventory and deploy staff. It can’t just be an announcement and press release from the previous day. “

The construction industry has urged the government to re-admit a limited number of workers to construction sites before the closure ends, in an attempt to cap the $ 1.4 billion that hits NSW’s economy each week and job losses to stop.

At the height of the protracted lockdown of Victoria last year, large construction sites were allowed a maximum of 25 percent of the staff on site, while small construction was limited to a maximum of five people.

However, Ms. Berejiklian said “to bet a percentage”. [of workers] causes more confusion among people ”.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said her “strong advice to the government” is to shut down as many workplaces and facilities as possible in order to put NSW in the toughest lockdown regulations.

“Of course this is construction work … the principle of the recommendation is clearly to close non-essential workplaces as this will allow people to stop mixing.”

Dr. NSW’s chief health officer Kerry Chant said the state’s contact tracers were not overwhelmed with the COVID-19 case load.Recognition:Janie Barrett

The prime minister was also pressured Tuesday to give schools a similar reopening commitment, but said she would wait for health advice.

“Obviously our priority is to get the construction sector back on its feet as soon as possible, but of course face-to-face study at schools is great for the students and also for the parents,” said Ms. Berejiklian.

She said that if health counseling allowed students to return to school on August 2nd, then “we will”.

NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said teachers hoped to meet with senior officials in the coming days to discuss how schools could function when students finally return.

Live Performance Australia executive director Evelyn Richardson warned that the potential for rolling bans in the run-up to Christmas could mean the end for many large-scale productions that need long lead time before getting back on the stages.

“We raised this with the government that we need to know the reactivation plan; when will the performances come again? Is it 50 percent audience capacity? “

Ms. Richardson said the live performance sector was losing around $ 1 billion every six months while bans continued, hindering the survival of large productions that cost between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million a week to run.

“We’ve been calling for federal business interruption insurance since last year because music promoters and theater producers can’t keep reopening to lose money,” she said.

“If NSW is extended until the end of August, which is possible, it would be good to know soon.”