As of 25 April 2021
Individuals required to test for COVID-19
In accordance with direction 35 and with reference to direction 35A of the Directions for Territory Border Restrictions (No.49), the Acting CHO requires the following:
- Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 17 April 2021 and 12:01am, 24 April 2021, and attended any of the higher risk public exposure sites listed by Western Australian health officials on the WA Department of Health website, must undertake 14 days of self-isolation at a suitable place for quarantine, as directed by an authorised officer, and be tested on days 1, 7 and 12 after entering quarantine.
- Anyone who has arrived or will arrive in the Northern Territory who flew on QF 778 from Perth to Melbourne on 21 April 2021 must be tested for COVID-19. The person must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person MUST remain in the suitable place of quarantine until noon on 5 May 2021.
- Anyone who has arrived or will arrive in the Northern Territory who was in Terminal One of Melbourne Airport between 6:30pm and 7:30pm on 21 April 2021 must be tested for COVID-19. The person must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person MUST remain in the suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.
If a place of quarantine is deemed not to be suitable, the CHO will direct quarantine to be undertaken at the Howard Springs or Alice Springs quarantine facilities.
- Major events and public gatherings of over 500 people must submit a COVID-19 Event Safety Planand receive formal approval from the Chief Health Officer prior to the event proceeding.
- You must wear your own face mask at all major NT airports and on flights – including Darwin International, Alice Springs, Yulara (also called Connellan Airport), Gove and Groote Eylandt airports and when on the airfield. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition don’t need to wear a mask.
- Cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, food courts and other venues that serve food and drinks can open. You can drink alcohol without ordering food.
- All licensed gaming activities — including TABs — can open. Customers should follow the 1.5 metres physical-distancing rule at all venues.
- The NT requires businesses, organisations and venues to collect customer contact details as part of the COVID-Safe Check-In system. Businesses must also review their COVID-19 Safety Plan every 6 months and appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor.
- The Territory Check In app is not mandatory, but is recommended as a contactless, secure and easy way for customers and visitors to sign into businesses and venues.
- Registration and use of the app is completely free.
- There's no limitto how many people can gather indoors or outdoors — but you should keep 5 metres from people you don’t live with.
- There is no limit to the number of people at a wedding or funeral in the Northern Territory.
The Small Business Survival Fund has three goals:
- Helping local businesses survive through the partial or full shut-down period. For example, support in meeting unavoidable fixed costs.
- Helping local businesses adjust and adapt to take advantage of the new consumer environment. For example, expanding online services, take-away and delivery.
- Preparing local businesses to take advantage of the rebounding economy when the coronavirus crisis is finally over. For example, upgrading premises or upskilling staff.
The Small Business Survival Fund is in addition to the Jobs Rescue and Recovery Package and the Tourism Resilience Package announced previously. The Territory Government is investing nearly $120 million so far in response to the coronavirus.