The Chief Health Officer has declared Greater Metropolitan Melbourne including Tullamarine Airport as a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 10.45am today, 12 February 2021.
The hotspot direction includes anyone who has, or intends, to transit through Tullamarine Airport.
The Chief Health Officer has also declared anyone who has travelled to the Northern Territory from a declared hotspot or transited through Tullamarine Airport from 00.01am on 7 February and before 10.45am today must seek a COVID-19 test and undertake self-quarantine until a negative test is returned.
Local Government Areas declared as Hotspots for the sake of travel to the Northern Territory:
· Banyule City
· Bayside City
· Boroondara City
· Brimbank City
· Cardinia Shire
· Casey City
· Darebin City
· Frankston City
· Glen Eira City
· Greater Dandenong City
· Hobsons Bay City
· Hume City
· Kingston City
· Knox City
· Manningham City
· Maribyrnong City
· Maroondah City
· Melbourne City
· Melton City
· Monash City
· Moonee Valley City
· Moreland City
· Mornington Peninsula Shire
· Nillumbik Shire
· Port Phillip City
· Stonnington City
· Whitehorse City
· Whittlesea City
· Wyndham City
· Yarra City
· Yarra Ranges Shire
These directions are following additional clinical advice pertaining to the growing cluster of cases linked to the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport. Victoria Health Authorities have implemented a number of public health controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that are continuing in light of these cases.
To arrange a test, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002 to book. For all other enquiries phone 1800 490 484.
If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from a 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.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation in Victoria and will take into account COVID-19 monitoring and data collection, the extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.
The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.
· If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. Make sure you get tested and stay at home.
· Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
· Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
· Do not go to work if you feel sick.
· If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
To stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie
“This morning I received additional information from Victorian Authorities which has led me to declare Greater Metropolitan Melbourne inclusive of Tullamarine Airport a hotspot for the sake of travel to the Northern Territory.
“Additionally, I have mandated testing for anyone who has travelled to the Northern Territory from Greater Metropolitan Melbourne or transited through Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at any time since 7 February until 10.45am this morning.
“Victoria’s growing cluster includes exposure sites within Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. This decision today is to protect the health and safety of Territorians.
“Being aware of your surrounds and personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly, maintain physical distance wherever possible, and wear a mask at all times if you must travel.”