A strict home quarantine compliance system has been activated in Alice Springs to help manage the number of Territorians returning to the NT.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been investigating systems and processes to offer self-quarantine as a manageable option for Territory residents returning from interstate hotspots. This system will only be activated to support the Alice Springs Quarantine Facility when it is nearing capacity, and will only be available for those considered to live in suitable locations.
Police and Environmental Health Officers will continue to carry out stringent physical compliance checks.
As a further measure to ensure compliance, a digital monitoring system (G2G) will also be activated to make sure people are strictly in their place of quarantine. This is an additional compliance tool that will enable the Emergency Operations Centre to carry out strict digital compliance checks on people approved to quarantine at home.
This digital monitoring system has been successfully used by Western Australia for many months and the activation of the system in the Northern Territory allows us to provide a broader, rigorous compliance system as we continue to respond to the Covid pandemic and work to keep all Territorians safe.
This afternoon 17 local residents who have been in quarantine at the Alice Springs facility were released to return to home under the strict monitoring, compliance and quarantine arrangements.
These people and their residential situations have been assessed and determined to meet the strict and robust suitability requirements of both the digital monitoring and the compliance of home quarantine facilities. Those transferring to home quarantine have tested negative and been deemed by Health authorities to be low risk.