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Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) will enter a seven-day lockdown from 2pm today (17 January) and Yirrkala will enter a 72-hour lockdown from 2pm today. The lockdowns will apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, unlike a lockout.

Essential workers

The NT government has announced some changes for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, close contact people who are essential workers.

They can continue to work if they take a daily rapid antigen test, wear their mask and stay isolated for 7 days when not at work. This only applies if you are an essential worker and are needed in order to keep that workplace functioning.

Lockout ends

The Northern Territory government has announced an end to the NT's lockout of unvaccinated people in all areas except, Yuendumu and Yuelamu. The towns will be in lockout for the next five days and unvaccinated people will only be able to leave the home for four reasons: medical treatment, essential goods and services, an hour of exercise wearing a mask and to provide care to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

Vaccine pass system

From Monday January 10, a vaccine pass system will be introduced. Vaccination status will be able to be linked to the Territory Check-in app. Unvaccinated people who attempt to enter venues without a pass will be penalised, not the venue.

Mask mandate

An indoor mask-wearing mandate is in place across the Northern Territory. A person must wear a mask while inside any premises, vehicle or vessel where they 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.

For safety reasons, 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.

General advice for all NT residents and visitors during the pandemic:

  • Check-in everywhere, every time, no matter how long you are there for.

  • 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.

  • If you self-test using a rapid antigen test and receive a positive result, you are required to validate the test via a PCR. You should self-isolate while you wait for the results of your PCR test.

Helpful information:

Stay updated via the NT Government website.

More questions?

If you need help such as finding a testing facility near you, or have questions specific to your personal circumstances, the Sonder team is here 24/7 to provide advice and assistance. Chat with us anytime.

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