COVID-19 update - 8 January 2021

Update regarding the Greater Brisbane Coronavirus hotspot

This morning, the NT Chief Health Officer declared the Greater Brisbane area (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City) as a hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory.

The declaration is effective as at 9.15am, 8 January 2021. This is in addition to other hotspots already declared. Travellers arriving into the Territory today who have been in Greater Brisbane in the 14 days prior to their arrival will need to undertake mandatory quarantine under the Chief Health Officer’s Directions for Territory Border Restrictions.

Arrivals who have been in the Greater Brisbane area on or from 2 January 2021

If you have been in Greater Brisbane from 2 January 2021 but arrived in the NT before 9:15am on 8 January 2021 you must as soon as practicable:

  • Contact the COVID-19 hotline 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person who has been in the Greater Brisbane area
  • Give any other information required to enable the staff at the COVID-19 Hotline to determine whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19
  • If required by the Chief Health Officer* submit to a test or assessment for COVID-19 infection
  • Practice social distancing measures until 14 days have elapsed since the last day you were in the Hotspot.

A person who must practise social distancing measures must:

  1. take all reasonable steps to sleep in a room or other enclosed space separate from any other person, except another person who is also subject to social distancing measures; and
  2. take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5 m away from other people; and
  3. regularly check for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath, unexpected tiredness, loss of and altered sense of taste and loss of sense of smell; and
  4. if the person displays a symptom referred to in paragraph (c) – contact the COVID-19 Hotline or a medical practitioner to determine whether to be tested or assessed for infection with COVID-19; and
  5. submit to a test or assessment for infection with COVID-19 if required by the Chief Health Officer.

*You must follow the advice of the staff at the COVID-19 Hotline.

Mandatory supervised quarantine

As a reminder, anyone arriving in the Northern Territory from a declared hotspot will need to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine in either Alice Springs or Darwin. You will be required to meet the costs of quarantine (currently $2,500 per person for 14 days) and you will need to use your own recreation or long-service leave for the duration. If you do not have sufficient leave entitlements then you will be required to take leave without pay.

Keep up-to-date

Travellers need to keep up-to-date with where they can travel and which areas have been declared COVID-19 hotspots, as the COVID-19 situation in Australia is continually evolving. The Territory’s coronavirus website has up-to-date information about travel and hotspots .

If an area is declared a hotspot after you have departed but before you arrive in the Territory you may be placed in mandatory supervised quarantine. Travellers must also be aware of their responsibilities as per the current NT Chief Health Officer COVID-19 Directions.

If you are intending to travel to an active hotspot you are strongly advised to rethink your plans.

If you are travelling over the holiday period please wear a mask. The Prime Minister has today announced that all passengers will have to wear masks on flights and at airports as part of new protocols agreed to by National Cabinet. At all times, even when not travelling, ensure you practice high levels of personal hygiene and physical distancing.

Please be mindful that, similar to the most recent declaration, COVID-19 hotspots may be declared at short notice. If you are required to quarantine, as a result of a declaration, you will bear the quarantine costs and need to use recreation, long service leave or, if you have insufficient leave, take leave without pay while in quarantine.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment


Last updated: 22 March 2021

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