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NT To Reopen To Melbourne But Closes To SA


The Chief Health Officer has declared all of South Australia as a hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory, effective immediately.

This follows on from an outbreak that has occurred in the northern suburbs of Adelaide and grew yesterday to include 17 positive COVID-19 cases.

Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory from South Australia will need to do undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine.

Those people from South Australia arriving in the Northern Territory yesterday had the option of returning or entering mandatory quarantine in either Alice Springs or Howard Springs. Due to the short notice, arrivals from South Australia yesterday and today will not be required to pay the quarantine fee.

If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified COVID-19 hotspot you are advised to rethink your plans. If you are a Territorian intending to travel to a hotspot you are advised to rethink your plans. If you travel to South Australia while it is a declared hotspot, you will be required to undertake 14 days mandatory quarantine on your return at a cost of $2,500 per person.

Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory from South Australia in the past 14 days must:

  • Contact the COVID-19 hotline 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person who has been in an area that has been declared a hotspot since you arrived in the NT
  • If directed, you must submit to a test or assessment for COVID-19 infection
  • Practice high levels of personal hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Stay home if unwell and get tested and keep 1.5 metres away from others. Sleep in a separate bedroom and minimise contact with others until 14 days has elapsed since your arrival in the NT.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation in South Australia and take into account COVID-19 monitoring and data collection, the extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.

The Chief Health Officer will revoke Greater Melbourne as a hotspot from midday on 30 November 2020 provided the current COVID-19 situation continues to remain optimistic.

Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the past 17 days. There are only three active cases across the entire state and these are all from a known source.

Waiting another fortnight before revoking the hotspot status will allow us to be confident that Greater Melbourne has maintained its COVID-safe environment for two full replication cycles – consistent with previous decisions on removing hot spot declarations.

The Chief Health Officer is also introducing new directions from 30 November 2020 to further protect the health of Territorians.

A new COVID-Safe Check-In system is being introduced requiring customers to provide their contact details upon entry to a range of venues if spending more than 15 minutes there. This will assist our health teams to quickly act and undertake contact tracing if required.

Businesses and organisations will also be required to comply with, and review their COVID-10 Safety Plan every six months and appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor from within their team to implement their plan.

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated. Personal behaviour is our best defence against COVID-19 which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002

  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m

  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly

For more information about hot spots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au