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This article has the rules and restrictions people in Darwin, Katherine, and the wider Northern Territory must follow to keep their community safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Mandatory Vaccination for Workers

The COVID-19 vaccination has been mandated in the Northern Territory for certain workers in order to continue working. You must be fully vaccinated with two doses, have received the first dose by 12 November 2021 and have a booking to receive a second dose by 24 December 2021 or have a medically approved excemption.

The occupations required to get the COVID-19 vaccination include but are not limited to the following:

  • People who work with children - teachers, child care workers, tutors, coaches, dancing teachers, swimming instructors.
  • People who work in customer-facing roles - retail, finance, hospitality, veterinary services, gyms, beauty.
  • People who work with vulnerable people - disability care workers, personal carers, legal service providers.
  • People who work in Aboriginal communities and community services sector - community stores, regional councils, Aboriginal art centres, remote community police, cleaning contractors, tradespeople, family members of people who work in remote communities, domestic and family violence services, alcohol and other drugs, youth services, faith based leaders in remote communities.
  • People who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to customer contact - health care workers in hospitals and emergency departments, police and emergency service workers, workers in quarantine facilities and border control workers, GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies.
  • People who work in high risk settings - correction and detention facilities, homeless shelters, mine sites, food processing distributtion, cold storage facilities including abattoirs, cruise ships.
  • People who work in essential infrastructure and logistics - essential infrastructure including electricity, gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications and remote infrastructure, a person who is critical to the NT's COVID-19 response who is not included in Category 1, COVID-19 emergency operations centre.

Residential Aged Care Workers

Must provide evidence to their employer that they:

  • Are fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have received a first dose by 17 September 2021 and have a booking to receive a second dose by 31 October 2021

Quarantine Workers

Quarantine workers are required to provide evidence to their employer that they:

  • Are fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have received a first dose of the vaccine by 15 October 2021 and have a booking to receive a second dose by 26 November 2021
  • Comply with the required COVID-19 testing regime

Freight Transport Workers

Quarantine workers are required to provide evidence to their employer that they:

  • Are fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have received a first dose of the vaccine by 1 November 2021 and have a booking to receive the second dose by 13 December 2021
  • Get tested for COVID-19 every 7 days

Restrictions Eased

There have been no further cases of COVID-19 in the NT since Greater Darwin and Katherine went into lockdown. All close contacts remain in quarantine and all testing has been negative to date.

Daily wastewater testing in Greater Darwin and Katherine has returned negative results.

Keep checking in with The Territory Check In App everywhere you go, every time. Since lockdown ended there has been more than 1.42 million check-ins across the NT and more than 14.4 million checks-ins since the app launched on 30 November 2020. Checking-in allows our contract tracers to quickly undertake the critical work they need to should there be COVID-19 in our community.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best things we can do to protect ourselves, our family and our community from COVID-19 and get life back to normal sooner.

All people aged 12 years and over in the Northern Territory are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available across the NT. Roll up your sleeve and book your vaccine today at coronavirus.nt.gov.au or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

Testing

It’s important that if you have any symptoms that you get tested for COVID-19.

To arrange a COVID test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested,

Check-in everywhere, every time

The Territory Check-In App will become mandatory for use in all NT businesses, shopping centres, venues and events. Pen and paper will still be permitted. You will be required to check-in everywhere you go, no matter how long you spend at that location.

  • Check-in using The Territory Check-In App or other systems everywhere you go, no matter how long you are there for.
  • Using a check-in system allows our health teams to quickly undertake contact tracing and do the critical work they need to in the case of an outbreak.
  • All businesses and places where customers and clients visit need to use a check-in system, like The Territory Check-In App.
  • For more information on Territory Check-In App or to register your business.

Personal behaviour

Personal behaviour is our best defence against COVID-19.

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine
  • 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.
  • Reduce interactions with people you do not know or don’t see often

More information

Visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au for the latest information from the NT Government.

NT COVID-19 hotline 1800 490 484For information on COVID-19 in the Territory call the hotline (8 am to 4.30 pm).

If you need to talk to someone about this, you can call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm. 


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