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Mayor demands essential worker review after Sydney painter tests positive in Goulburn

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has resisited outlining a specific definition of an esential worker.

“I think, in terms of essential work, the employer and the employee would know whether that particular worker was essential to the particular circumstances,” he said.

The Goulburn mayor wants restrictions on work travel from Sydney tightened.

The Goulburn mayor wants restrictions on work travel from Sydney tightened. Credit:Rhett Wyman

“You can spend your lives looking for loopholes in these things and looking for reasons to duck and weave but the answer is use common sense, work with the public health officials to try and achieve what we need to achieve.”

The painter’s case came amid a 217 per cent increase in the the number of QR codes on NSW construction sites, with more than 23,000 registered in the past two weeks.

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said QR code compliance at work sites was more critical than ever, after a number of cases among tradespeople were confirmed at the weekend and construction sites from Homebush to Toongabbie were listed as venues of concern.

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Face masks are now compulsory in all indoor areas of construction sites, while QR codes became compulsory at all workplaces and retail businesses on Monday.

Since the mandate was announced on June 30 more than 11,000 individual tradespeople who have registered for a QR-code this month, reflecting a 91 per cent increase over ten days.

Mr Dominello said the outbreak, which recorded 89 new cases on Tuesday, highlighted the need for the community to expand its thinking about checking in to hospitality venues, to the workplace.

“We need to think of checking in as a reflex action,” he said.

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