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

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Restriction lifted

From 1 pm Friday, July 9th all remaining restrictions are lifted.

On 27 July the NT have declared all of NSW a hotspot. Anyone who arrives in the NT from the state after 5:00 pm ACST will be required to going into 14 days of supervised quarantine.

Aged Care

To protect our vulnerable aged care residents the following restrictions are in place for all aged care homes in the Northern Territory:

  • A person may enter an aged care facility for any reason (subject to the usual rules of the facility) provided they are not a person who is not permitted to enter a facility.
  • There are no limits on the number of visitors permitted to visit a resident at any one time.
  • In addition to symptomatic people, the following people are not permitted to enter an aged care facility:
    • (a) a person who has been in contact with a person infected with COVID 19 within the previous 14 days;
    • (b) a person who must quarantine under any COVID-19 Directions;
    • (c) a person who was, within the previous 14 days, in a place that is declared to be a COVID-19 hotspot at the time of entry;
    • (d) a person who is required by me to be tested for COVID-19 if:
      • the person has not yet been tested; or
      • the person was tested but has not received a negative result for COVID-19 infection.
        • A quarantine worker who enters an aged care facility must wear a mask and stay 1.5m away from any other person if they have entered a quarantine facility within the last 14 days.
        • Employees and contractors of aged care facilities who work at other workplaces must provide the details of their workplaces to the proprietor, who must keep a record of this information and provide it to an authorised officer upon request.
        • Employees and contractors with other workplaces must, without delay, report to the proprietor of the facility if they become aware that a person is infected with COVID-19 at the other workplace.
        • Facilities must collect contact information from visitors using the Territory Check-in app.

The definition of an aged care facility now includes residential care that is funded by a grant agreement under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program. This change was made during the lockdown period and has been retained.


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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