Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire remain declared hot spots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory. This means that if you have been in Greater Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire, apart from the airport, at any point in the past 14 days, you are not permitted free access to the Northern Territory.
Decisions on declaring and revoking hotspots are reviewed and made by the NT Chief Health Officer and take into account the monitoring and data collection of COVID-19, 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 1.5m at all times.
- Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
- Do not go to work if you feel sick.
- If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002
As noted by Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie
“I am confident in revoking Regional Victoria as a hotspot from midday today. Upon review of the data and the evidence there are currently no active cases and there has been no cases from an unknown source for more than 14 days.
“Our system to keep Territorians safe is working with no community transmission of COVID-19 infection and testing rates across the NT remaining strong.
“We will continue to review and assess the situation, and if at any time we are no longer comfortable with what is occurring in any location across Australia, including Regional Victoria, we can and will declare it to be a hotspot.”