Northern Territory are bracing for a busy weekend as the lifting of the bio-security zones coincides with the long weekend.
An influx of traffic is expected as remote residents head into town to go shopping and visit family, and as Centralians head out of town and go camping.
Alice Springs Division Superintendent Brett Prowse said while there is an easing in COVID-19 restrictions, the now standard health directions still apply, as do the Australia Road Rules.
“We are anticipating an increase of traffic on our roads and we remind all motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy and that they drive safely,” said Supt Prowse
“Motorists are reminded to avoid the Fatal Five – Speeding, drink or drug driving, driving distracted, not wearing a seat belt and driving tired.”
“We understand this is the traditional time of year Centralians head out and go camping, hiking, riding or simply get out of town once the bio security zones are lifted.
“All the same rules apply. Don’t drink or drug drive, do not get distracted using your phone, don’t drive tired, don’t speed, and always make sure you and your passengers wear a seat belt.”
“If you’re going dirt bike riding – make sure you have the appropriate safety protection, particularly an approved helmet and take it careful on the tracks.
“The local national parks are now open, please be respectful of the place you are camping in. Don’t leave rubbish, be considerate of other campers, don’t leave lit fires and obey the directions of Park Rangers who are there to ensure the park remains safe, clean and pristine for enjoyment of all visitors.”
Residents travelling into town from remote communities need to remember that some physical distancing rules still apply.
“Under the direction of the Chief Health Operating Officer, a minimum space of 1.5 metres between people who aren’t immediate family members, is still required.
“And if you or someone else have symptoms of a respiratory illness, which includes loss of smell, nasal symptoms, sore throat, fatigue, cough or fever – stay home or contact and go see a health professional.
“Territorians have collectively worked so hard to achieve positive outcomes that have led to the returning to these simple freedoms, we don’t want to regress back to the lock down requirements.”
For further information on restrictions and health directions, go to wwww.coronavirus.nt.gov.au or call the national advice hotline on 1800 020