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18 June 2022 - Mask mandate to lift for airports

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Following recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) masks will no longer be required in NT airport terminals from 12.01am Saturday 18 June 2022.

Masks must still be worn while on board an aircraft, in line with federal requirements.

15 June 2022 - NT COVID-19 update: Public Health Emergency ends, airport mask mandate lifts

Update from the Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory’s Public Health Emergency Declaration will cease at 11.59pm tonight, Wednesday 15 June 2022.

To ensure the Territory can continue to respond to COVID-19, some Chief Health Officer Directions (CHO) will remain in place. These include:

Testing and reporting Rapid Antigen Test results

Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

People who test positive to a RAT must immediately declare their result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This is a legal requirement.

Infected persons and close contacts

The requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19 remain in place, including immediately isolating for at least seven days.

The requirements for people who are a close contact also remain in place, including having a RAT within three days of becoming a close contact and on day six.

Face masks in high risk settings

Face masks must continue to be worn in the following high risk settings:

  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • aged care facilities
  • disability residential facilities
  • correctional facilities
  • family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters
  • while on board an aircraft.

It is highly recommended all people aged 12 years and over wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be applied. Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask.

Police assistance

Compliance with all CHO Directions can be enforced by the Northern Territory Police.

27 May 2022 - NT COVID-19 update

Update from the Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory is today reporting the deaths of two people with COVID-19.

A male in his 70s from Katherine, who had underlying health conditions, passed away at Royal Darwin Hospital.

A male in his 90s from Greater Darwin, who had underlying health conditions, passed away at Royal Darwin Hospital.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths recorded in the NT since the start of the pandemic is 49.

There were 277 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the NT in the 24 hours to 8pm on26 May 2022. Of these, 225 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

There were 171 cases recorded in the Top End region, 48 in Central Australia, six in East Arnhem, 13 in the Big Rivers region, three in the Barkly region and 36 are under investigation.

There are currently 16 patients in hospital. There are two patients requiring oxygen and no patients in ICU.

The number of active cases in the NT is 1,631.

Public health measures

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the rate of transmission, the following public health measures are in place across the NT:

  • Masks must be worn in high-risk settings including hospitals, GP clinics, remote health clinics, renal facilities, aged care facilities, family violence shelters, sobering up   shelters, homeless shelters, corrections facilities and disability facilities. Disability support workers need to wear a mask when undertaking home-services.
  • Masks must also be worn in airports and on flights, in line with federal requirements.
  • It is highly recommended that all people aged 12 years and over wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be applied.
26 April 2022 - Interstate and international travel

Update from the Northern Territory Government

There are no restrictions for people entering the Northern Territory from interstate.

International travellers must follow the pre-arrival advice on the Smartraveller website.

If you test positive while in the Northern Territory or are a close contact follow the advice for living with COVID-19.

There are some requirements for entering high-risk facilities.

18 February 2022 - For CDU staff and students

Vaccination clinic on Casuarina campus

Top End Health will be offering a pop-up vaccination clinic on the Casuarina Campus for three days:

Days:    Monday 28 February to Wednesday 2 March
Time:    08:30 to 15:30
Venue: Green Building 4

For staff on other campuses, you can book your booster here.

29 January 2022 - Mandatory mask use

From 6pm on 29 January 2022 to 5 February 2022, masks must be worn when outside and within 1.5m of others who are not members of your household.

Masks are not required while exercising or by children under 12. Refer to the directions for a complete list of exemptions.

The indoor mask mandate continues. You must wear a mask while indoors when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

This includes pubs, clubs, restaurants, shopping centres, hairdressers, workplaces, public transport, taxi cabs, ride share and indoor boat cruises.

Masks are not required to be worn in private residences or while exercising. Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask. It is highly recommended that everyone wears a mask when outdoors, particularly at any large public outdoor events.

Face masks provide an extra layer of protection and are proven to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, particularly when physical distancing can’t be applied.

Children under the age of two years should not wear a mask. It is up to individuals to decide if children over two years of age wear a face mask.

Those people who have a relevant medical or health condition should not wear a mask if it is not safe or appropriate to do so.

Personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19 which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • Book your Covid-19 vaccine
  • Check in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
  • 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 travel or go to work if you are sick.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.

Face mask exemptions

You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical illness, mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

Only a police officer or an authorised officer can ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.

If asked by a police officer, you must show them either:

  • a medical certificate or letter from the health practitioner or NDIS provider
  • a statutory declaration.

You must also carry and produce evidence of your name and address to a police officer or authorised officer if requested.

28 January 2022 - Lockdown for Ampilatwatja, Milikapiti, Galiwin’ku, Gunyangara, Wurrumiyanga and all land known as the Utopia Homelands

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Ampilatwatja entered a 48hr lockdown at 2pm Friday 28 January 2022.

The lockdown in Milikapiti is set to finish at 2pm on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Gunyangara (Ski Beach) in East Arnhem , Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands and Utopia PDF (1.2 MB) in the Barkly region entered a 7 day lockdown which is set to end at 2pm Saturday 29 January 2022.

People who have left one of these communities within the last 7 days must submit to a RAT test in the next 24 hours (unless they have already tested negative since leaving). If you are still in the community, please follow local Health advice.

Lockdown continues for Elcho Island PDF (740.6 KB) including Galiwin’ku and the Wessel Islands including Martjanba, until 2pm Monday 31 January 2022.

During a lockdown, residents must stay at home and are only permitted to leave for the following four reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing and vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, medications or power tokens. Only one household member should visit the store, once per day
  3. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house
  4. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves, or in the case of an emergency including escaping harm from domestic/family violence .

Essential workers who are fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.

Masks must be worn outside of the home. Essential workers who are fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.

During the lockdown, an essential worker may leave a lockdown area for work purposes, provided they:

  • maintain physical distance from others of 1.5 metres, subject to an essential worker’s requirements at work;
  • wear a mask at all times (subject to exceptions – see above); and
  • get a RAT test within 24 hours after leaving the lockdown area.

See lockdown area map

22 January 2022 - Lockout for Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Yuendumu and Yuelamu

Update from the Northern Territory Government

The lockout for Alice Springs PDF (686.2 KB) and Amoonguna has been extended until 2pm Sunday 30 January 2022.

The lockout for Yuendumu and Yuelamu has been extended until 3pm Sunday 30 January 2022.

Fully vaccinated people are able to live normally within the lockout area. Mandatory mask use remains in place.

Unvaccinated people 16 years and over, including those people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home during a lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following four reasons:

  1. medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. for essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  3. for an hour of exercise, while wearing a mask;
  4. to provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

You cannot travel more than 30km from your home when leaving for one of the three reasons. If you need to go to the hospital and it is more than 30km from your home that is permitted.

Businesses and organisations are obligated to ensure employees, customers, visitors and participants are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people may access essential services only including supermarkets, hospitals or to get takeaway food.

Anyone caught breaching CHO Directions – including not wearing a mask – face a $5,000 fine.

See lockout area map

22 January 2022 - Lockdown for Galiwin’ku, Gunyangara, Wurrumiyanga and all land known as the Utopia Homelands

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Gunyangara (Ski Beach) in East Arnhem , Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands and Utopia PDF (1.2 MB) in the Barkly region entered a 7 day lockdown from 2pm 22 January 2022 to 2pm 29 January 2022. People who have left one of these communities within the last 7 days must submit to a RAT test in the next 24 hours (unless they have already tested negative since leaving). If you are still in the community, please follow local Health advice.

Lockdown continues for Elcho Island including Galiwin’ku and the Wessel Islands including Martjanba, until 2pm, 24 January 2022.

During a lockdown, residents must stay at home and are only permitted to leave for the following five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, medications or power tokens. Only one household member should visit the store, once per day.
  3. For work that is considered essential.
  4. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house.
  5. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency, including escaping harm from domestic/family violence .

Masks must be worn outside of the home. Essential workers who are fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.

During the lockdown, an essential worker may leave a lockdown area for work purposes, provided they:

  • maintain physical distance from others of 1.5 metres, subject to an essential worker’s requirements at work;
  • wear a mask at all times (subject to exceptions – see above); and
  • get a RAT test within 24 hours after leaving the lockdown area.

See lockdown area map

Archived information

Information sources

CDU staff-only information

Access CDU Connect

CDU COVID-19 helpline

Call 1800 945 010

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19.
The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Healthdirect hotline

Call 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse about your health concerns.
The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.