Business update: Securing the borders to protect Territorians

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The Northern Territory Government (NT) today announced the implementation of new border restrictions and arrival requirements in response to the increasing threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 4pm on Tuesday 24 March the NT will implement strict border controls for all access points - by road, rail, air and sea.

From 4pm on Tuesday, people who arrive in the NT from interstate will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

This will be enacted through a formal declaration by the chief health officer under the Public and Environmental Health Act.

The operational details of how the check points will operate are being worked out with Police.

All arrivals including Territory residents will be screened and, if deemed a non-essential visitor, would be told to quarantine themselves. Territory Police and the Public Health Unit will ensure compliance and help people access support where needed.

Exemptions:

  • People involved in national and state security and governance.
  • Active military personnel required to be on duty in the Territory while in the Territory.
  • A member of the Australian Parliament who is ordinarily resident in the Territory.
  • Health service providers and personnel.
  • Some transport, freight and logistics.
  • Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses or infrastructure.
  • Emergency services.
  • Other individuals or groups will be able to apply for an exemption to the chief health officer, for instance visiting a terminally ill relative or medical grounds or interstate travel for essential medical treatment.

Arrivals will have to show they meet the essential arrival criteria to be granted an exemption.

More information will be provided in the coming days about exemptions, the process for applying, as well the processes that will be implemented at our borders.

This will not impact the delivery of essential goods and services. Food and freight will continue.

For the latest advice follow SecureNT on Facebook and go to the Coronavirus website.

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