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17 January 2021 - Lockdown for Galiwin’ku and Yirrkala

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Galiwin’ku to enter lockdown for seven days

The Wessel Islands Archipelago, encompassing Elcho Island including Galiwin’ku and Wessel Island including Martjanba, will enter a lockdown at 2pm today for seven days to help control the spread of COVID-19. This will allow for cases to be managed locally where possible through COVID Care in the home or at alternative accommodation on the island.

Yirrkala to enter lockdown for 72 hours

Yirrkala will enter a lockdown at 2pm today for at least 72 hours to undertake a testing blitz and identify the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Lockdown requirements

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.

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

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:

  • The Territory Vaccine Pass requires all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events
  • A Territory-wide indoor mask mandate
  • A lockout in Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna until 23 January
  • A lockdown in Yirrkala until 20 January and in Galiwin’ku until 24 January.
16 January 2022 - Alice Springs Lockout

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Due to the high number of cases in the Alice Springs community including in high risk settings, a lockout will commence at 3pm today. The lockout will be in place for at least seven days, until 3pm on Sunday 23 January 2022.

In a lockout, those people who are fully vaccinated are able to live normally and access all services with proof of their vaccination status.

Those who are unvaccinated, including people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home for the lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  3. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km of 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. In case of an emergency.

The lockout for Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna has been extended until Sunday 23 January 2022.

14 January 2022 - Lockout extended for Yuendumu and Yuelamu

Update from the Northern Territory Government

The lockout for Yuendumu and Yuelamu which was due to end tomorrow has been extended for a further five days until midday, Thursday 20 January 2022.

There are now a total of 43 cases from Yuendumu and Yuelamu. All cases and identified close contacts are in isolation, and further contact tracing is underway. NT Health teams are working to undertake testing across the community and provide the COVID-19 vaccination.

6 January 2022 - NT-wide lockout

Update from the Northern Territory Government

A Territory-wide lockout will come into effect from 1pm today until noon on Monday, 10 January 2022.

In a lockout, those people who are fully vaccinated are able to live normally and access all services with proof of their vaccination status. They are also permitted to travel across the Northern Territory as required.

Those who are unvaccinated, including people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home for the lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following three reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID-19 testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, medications and electricity tokens
  3. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency.

Unvaccinated people must stay within a 30km radius of their home or the nearest practical destination if they need to leave for any of the three reasons.

Unvaccinated people are not able to undertake exercise outside of the home, or attend their workplace. Unvaccinated parents are permitted to drop their child off at childcare or school holiday programs.

NT Vaccine Pass

On Monday, 10 January 2022, a Vaccine Pass system will come into effect requiring all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events.

The NT Vaccine Pass will require all people to show proof that they are fully vaccinated, having had at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to enter the following premises:

  • Pubs and clubs
  • Casinos
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Ticketed events for over 500 people in urban centres and over 100 in non-urban centres.

Businesses, venues, activities and services must make sure all members of the public who attend are fully vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination status

Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status includes:

  • The Territory Check-In App with your linked COVID-19 digital certificate
  • Your COVID-19 digital certificate, stored on your phone or printed
  • Your immunisation history statement, either stored on your phone or printed
  • An international COVID-19 vaccination certificate for overseas travel.

The easiest way to prove your vaccination status when checking in is by connecting your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Territory Check In app.

31 December 2021 - Territory-wide indoor mask mandate

From 6pm a Territory-wide mask mandate will take effect. 

What does this mean for you?

  • Masks must be worn while indoors unless eating, drinking or you are 1.5m away from others. 
  • You will need to check in everywhere you go.
  • High school students will need to adhere to the mask mandate.
  • You will need to wear a mask while travelling in taxis and public transport.
  • You will need to wear a mask in your workplace.

People at home or at a friend's house don't have to wear a mask, and it's not required for people playing indoor sport, under the age of 12 or children at primary schools.

There is no end date for the mask mandate.

The original article by ABC Darwin NT records 60 new cases of COVID, brings in mask mandate.

28 December 2021 - Lockout in Tennant Creek. Mask mandate in Barkly Local Government Area

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Lockout in Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek will transition from a lockdown to a lockout immediately until 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December, 2021.

Essential workers may enter an exclusion zone, but must wear a mask and complete a daily Rapid Antigen Test.

Under a lockout, double vaccinated residents are able to live normally within the lockout area. Everyone must wear a mask outside of their place of residence.

Unvaccinated residents, 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 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.

Masks must be worn outside of the home.

Leaving lockdown and lockout zones

Only double vaccinated people can leave the region and must show proof of vaccination.

You must also have a negative RAT test prior to departure and show proof of negative RAT test.

Anyone leaving the region cannot travel to an exclusion zone.

The mask mandate also leaves with you.

If you are leaving a lockdown / lockout area to travel interstate by air or by road, you are required to:

  • have a PCR or rapid antigen test within the three days prior to leaving the area and be able to provide proof of the negative result;
  • submit an application to leave a lockdown/lockout area
  • complete the travel as quickly as practicable, and no later than 48 hours after exiting the area;
  • not deviate from the route specified in their travel plan, except in case of an emergency;
  • not stop except for food, fuel, medical necessity or accommodation and not enter premises unrelated to those purposes; and
  • wear a mask and practise social distancing while travelling to the border.

Mask mandate

A mask mandate is in place for Barkly Local Government Area (LGA) has been extended until 5pm, Wednesday 29 December 2021.

A mask mandate is in place for Ali Curung and the surrounding homelands of Imangara, Imperrenth, Double D, Junkaji and Wakurlpu until 5pm, Wednesday 29 December 2021.

Face masks must be worn outside of the home when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres. Facemasks do not have to be worn while exercising or playing sport.

Map of Areas Covered by CHO Direction

22 December 2021 - Lockdown extended for Tennant Creek and Ali Curung

The lockdown for Tennant Creek and Ali Curung has been extended for 24 hours until 5pm on Thursday, 23 December 2021.

Mask mandate

The mask mandate for the Barkly Local Government Area has been extended for 24 hours until 5pm on Thursday, 23 December 2021.

A 48-hour mask mandate has been introduced for the Municipality of Alice Springs and Amoonguna community, requiring masks to be worn when inside public places and venues. This includes shopping centres, public transport and in workplaces. The mandate is in place until 5pm on Friday, 24 December 2021.

COVID-19 testing

More than 2,500 COVID-19 tests were processed across the NT yesterday.

COVID-19 testing sites are open in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy and Darwin. Testing is also available at NT Health clinics in remote communities.

To arrange a COVID-19 test please book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

21 December 2021 - Lockdown extended in Tennant Creek

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Tennant Creek and Ali Curung remain in lockdown until 5pm on Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

A mask mandate remains in place for the Barkly Local Government until 5pm on Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all the 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
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.
19 December 2021 - Ali Curung in lockdown

Ali Curung will enter into a lockdown immediately until 5pm on Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

This is due to one new case of COVID-19 being reported in the community this afternoon. In addition, the community also has a low first dose vaccination rate of 44 per cent for people aged 16 years and over.

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.

Masks must be worn outside of the home.

Essential workers who are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can continue to go to work.

All people who have been in Ali Curung and Tennant Creek, since 10 December, must immediately isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in isolation until they receive a negative result.

Those people who have since left the area and are in transit – must stop at the nearest COVID-19 testing facility. Anyone who has travelled interstate is highly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

People may not enter the lockdown area, unless it is to access essential services, such as fuel or to transit through.

17 December 2021 - Lockdown for Tennant Creek

Update from the Northern Territory Government

Tennant Creek will enter into a lockdown immediately until 5pm on Monday, 20 December 2021.

This means that residents must stay at home for the lockdown period and people 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 and medications. 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.

Masks must be worn outside of the home.

Essential workers who are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can continue to go to work.

Non-residents in the Barkly Local Government Area (LGA) who wish to leave, must get tested for COVID-19 and can apply to exit following a negative result.

All people who have been in Tennant Creek in the past seven days, since 10 December, must immediately isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in isolation until they receive a negative result.

Those people who have since left the area and are in transit – must stop at the nearest COVID-19 testing facility. Anyone who has travelled interstate is highly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

People may not enter the lockdown area, unless it is to access essential services, such as fuel or to transit through.

Mask mandates

A mask mandate will be implemented for the Barkly LGA until 5pm on Monday, 20 December.

Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Timber Creek and Gilwi will exit lockout as planned at 2pm today. There are now no restrictions on the reasons to leave home for people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated.

A mask mandate remains in place until 5pm 20 December for: Barunga, Beswick, Bulla, Daguragu, Gilwi, Katherine, Kalkarindji, Lajamanu, Manyallaluk, Pigeon Hole and Timber Creek.

14 December 2021 - Kalkarindji, Daguragu & Timber Creek, Gilwi to enter lockout

Update from the Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory has recorded two new cases of COVID-19.

The cases are located in Kalkarindji and Timber Creek, bringing the total number of cases in the NT outbreak to 90. Both cases have been transferred to the Centre for National Resilience.

Test results for a presumptive positive test in Timber Creek are expected later tonight and will be reported on tomorrow.

Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Timber Creek and Gilwi will enter into a lockout immediately until 2pm on Friday 17 December 2021, following the positive cases.

Under a lockout, fully vaccinated residents are able to live normally within the lockout area. Everyone must wear a mask outside of their place of residence. Travel is not permitted outside of the lockout area.

Unvaccinated residents, 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 five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and  services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  3. For work that is considered essential and can't be done at home
  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.
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.