The Chief Health Officer has confirmed Greater Melbourne will be revoked as a hotspot from midday today. This means that people arriving in the Northern Territory from Greater Melbourne will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from Greater Melbourne will be able to exit.
Greater Melbourne is the final location to be revoked as a hotspot for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory, as we work together as a nation to safely open our borders to interstate travel by Christmas.
Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for 31 consecutive days and there are no active or mystery cases across the entire state. Greater Melbourne has maintained its COVID-free environment for two full replication cycles – consistent with previous decisions on removing hotspot declarations.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Australia, and if at any time considers what is occurring at any location to be of a high risk to the NT, will declare a hotspot.
All people travelling to the Northern Territory will continue to be required to complete a border entry form upon arrival.
The Chief Health Officer has urged Territorians not to become complacent as we open our borders and to continue to stay COVID safe by practising high levels of personal hygiene and physical distancing.
New Chief Health Officer Directions also come into effect today to further protect the health of Territorians, as we start to travel more over the wet season and visit family and friends over the Christmas period.