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Chief Health Officer Directions

On 18 March 2020 the Minister for Health declared a public health emergency under section 48 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (the Act) in relation to COVID-19.

When a public health emergency declaration is in force, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) can use their emergency powers under the Act. The CHO’s emergency powers mean that the CHO may take the actions (including giving oral or written directions) they consider necessary, appropriate or desirable to alleviate the public health emergency.

The CHO has made a number of directions that he considers to be necessary, appropriate or desirable to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Northern Territory.

The CHO’s directions are laws. It is an offence to contravene a direction of the CHO.

Current Chief Health Officer Directions

CHO Directions No.37 of 2021 - Amendment to Directions No.1 2021 Wearing face masks in aircraft and airport PDF (195.5 KB)
CHO Directions No. 36 of 2021 - Directions for Major Public Events PDF (223.4 KB)
CHO Directions No. 35 of 2021 - Safety Measures for Places, Businesses, Activities, Services and Premises PDF (247.9 KB)
CHO Directions No. 34 of 2021 - Day 3 post quarantine testing requirement PDF (110.1 KB)
CHO Directions No. 33 of 2021 - Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (226.9 KB)
CHO Directions No. 18 of 2021 - Directions for COVID-19 public exposure sites in the Territory PDF (553.6 KB)
CHO Directions No. 12 of 2021 - Directions for Quarantine Workers PDF (208.0 KB)
Procedure for COVID-19 testing of quarantine workers as authorised by the CHO  PDF (485.5 KB)
CHO Directions No 8 of 2021 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (5.2 MB)
CHO Directions No. 5/2021 - Cruise vessels PDF (549.0 KB)
CHO Directions No 3/2021 - Maritime Crew PDF (255.2 KB)
CHO Direction No. 1/2021 - Wearing Face Masks in Aircraft and Airports PDF (219.5 KB)
CHO Directions No. 63 - Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No.55 PDF (208.0 KB)
CHO Directions No. 50 -  Directions for Freight Workers PDF (493.1 KB)
CHO Directions No 55 -  Directions for Quarantine Facilities PDF (369.1 KB)  
CHO Directions No 21 - Directions for potentially infected persons PDF (483.2 KB)
CHO Directions No 7 - Directions for Infected Persons PDF (100.3 KB)
CHO Directions No 5 - Directions for Assistance of Police Officers PDF (120.1 KB)

CHO Directions since 1 January 2021

CHO directionSubjectTime Effective date
1/2021 Directions for Wearing Face Masks in Aircraft and Airports PDF (219.5 KB) 00:01am 20 January 2021
2/2021 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No. 49 - 2020  PDF (223.5 KB) 00:01am 20 January 2021
3/2021 Maritime Crew PDF (255.2 KB) 12:01am 17 March 2021
4/2021 Cruise vessels PDF (553.1 KB) 12:01pm 26 March 2021
5/2021 Cruise vessels PDF (549.0 KB) 12.54pm 15 April 2021
6/2021 Directions for Quarantine Workers PDF (986.2 KB)
Procedure for COVID-19 testing of quarantine workers as authorised by the CHO PDF (489.7 KB)
12.00pm 23 April 2021
7/2021 Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (2.0 MB) 2:34pm 3 June 2021
8/2021 CHO Directions No 8 of 2021 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions
PDF (5.2 MB)
12:01am 5 June 2021
9/2021 Directions to lock down Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield, Waigait, Belyuen and Dundee Beach PDF (237.6 KB) 01:00pm 27 June 2021
10/2021 Directions to close places, activities and services in Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield, Waigait, Belyuen and Dundee Beach PDF (205.1 KB) 01:00pm 27 June 2021
11/2021 Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (220.7 KB) 01:00pm 27 June 2021
12/2021 Directions for Quarantine Workers PDF (208.0 KB) 01:00pm 27 June 2021
13/2021 Directions to lock down Darwin and surrounding areas of the Territory PDF (243.3 KB) 01:00pm 27 June 2021
14/2021 Directions to require evidence of medical reasons not to wear a face mask PDF (200.0 KB) 05:56pm 27 June 2021
15/2021 Amendment to Directions No. 11 (Aged Care Facilities)   PDF (489.7 KB) 06:08pm 27 June 2021
16/2021 Directions to lock down Darwin and surrounding areas of the Territory
PDF (474.3 KB)
7:40pm 28 June 2021
17/2021 Directions to close places, activities and services in Darwin and surrounding areas of the Territory PDF (204.6 KB) 7:39pm 28 June 2021
18/2021 Directions for COVID-19 public exposure sites in the Territory PDF (553.6 KB) 1:25pm 29 June 2021
19/2021Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (221.2 KB)7:37pm1 July 2021.
20/2021

Directions No. 20 - Amendment to COVID-19 Directions (No. 16) 2021 PDF (202.3 KB)

Directions No 16 and 20 (Consolidated) - Directions to lock down Darwin and surrounding areas of the Territory PDF (559.8 KB)

8:41pm 29 June 2021
21/2021Directions to lock down Alice Springs PDF (230.9 KB)1:00pm30June 2021
22/2021Directions to close places, activities and services in Alice Springs PDF (204.5 KB)1:00pm30 June 2021
23/2021Directions to lock down Alice Springs PDF (502.9 KB)18:40pm1 July 2021
24/2021Directions to close places, activities and services in Alice Springs
PDF (525.1 KB)
18:41pm1 July 2021
25/2021Directions to lock down Darwin and surrounding areas of the Territory
PDF (479.4 KB)
18:43pm1 July 2021
26/2021Directions for face masks PDF (1.1 MB)1:00pm2 July 2021
27/2021Directions to close etc. certain places, premises, activities and services in former lockdown area PDF (527.7 KB)1:00pm2 July 2021
28/2021Directions not to attend certain places or participate in certain activites and services out of former lockdown area PDF (949.4 KB)1:00pm2 July 2021
29/2021Directions for Gatherings at Private Residences PDF (856.3 KB)1:00pm2 July 2021
30/2021Amendment to CHO Directions No.26 2021 Directions for face masks
PDF (196.1 KB)
6:39pm2 July 2021
31/2021Amendment to CHO Directions No. 26 relating to face mask
PDF (199.8 KB)
9.31am6 July 2021
32/2021Directions relating to places business activities and services PDF (538.8 KB)9.32am6 July 2021
33/2021Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (226.9 KB)1:00pm9 July 2021
34/2021CHO Directions No. 34 of 2021 - Day 3 post quarantine testing requirement
PDF (110.1 KB)
5:31pm23 July 2021
35/2021Safety Measures for Places, Businesses, Activities, Services and Premises PDF (247.9 KB)9:00am12 July 2021
36/2021Directions for Major Public Events PDF (223.4 KB)9:00am12 July 2021
37/2021Amendment to Directions No.1 2021 Wearing face masks in aircraft and airport PDF (195.5 KB)5:35pm22 July 2021

CHO Directions since the Public Health Emergency declaration on 18 March 2020

CHO directionSubjectTime Effective date
1

Directions to prohibit non-essential large gatherings PDF (115.2 KB)

Directions for self-quarantine following overseas travel PDF (115.2 KB)

  18 March 2020
2 Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (103.4 KB)   22 March 2020
3 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (218.5 KB) 4pm 24 March 2020
4 Directions for Gatherings PDF (128.3 KB)   22 March 2020
5 Direction for Assistance of Police Officers PDF (120.1 KB)   22 March 2020
6 Directions for Closure of Certain Businesses to the Public and to Cease
Certain Business and Other Activities PDF (113.7 KB)
2pm 23 March 2020
7 Directions for Infected Persons PDF (100.3 KB)   28 March 2020
8 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (219.3 KB) 4pm 24 March 2020
9 Directions for Closure of Certain Businesses to the Public and to Cease
Certain Business and Other Activities PDF (115.1 KB)
4pm 24 March 2020
10 Directions for Further Closure and Cessation of Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (107.7 KB) 11:59pm 25 March 2020
11 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (190.5 KB)   25 March 2020
12 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions (No. 10) 2020 PDF (100.3 KB)   27 March 2020
13 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (227.0 KB)   28 March 2020
14 Directions for Gatherings PDF (108.2 KB) 11:59pm 30 March 2020
15 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities  PDF (110.9 KB) 11:59pm 30 March 2020
16 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (228.1 KB) 11:59pm 1 April 2020
17 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (210.4 KB) 5pm 2 April 2020
18 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (223.2 KB) 11:59pm 5 April 2020
19 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (231.5 KB) 11:59pm 15 April 2020 
20 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (438.3 KB) 11:59pm 15 April 2020
21 Directions for Potentially Infected Persons PDF (483.2 KB) 11:59pm 16 April 2020
22 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (231.4 KB)  11:59pm 17 April 2020
23 Directions for Gatherings  PDF (109.2 KB) 11:59pm 20 April 2020
24 Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (104.9 KB) 5pm 23 April 2020 
25 Revocation of Directions for Gatherings PDF (188.3 KB)   1 May 2020
26 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (122.7 KB)   1 May 2020
27 Amendment to COVID-19 Direction No.22 (Directions for Territory Border Restrictions)  PDF (97.2 KB)  1 May 2020
28 Directions to Close Public Places, Services and Activities PDF (122.5 KB)   1 May 2020
29 Directions for Physical Distancing PDF (493.9 KB)   1 May 2020
30 Directions to close certain Places, Businesses, Activities and Services and Directions PDF (121.1 KB)  15 May 2020
31 Commercial Vessels - Crew Directions  PDF (231.9 KB)  21 May 2020
32 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (185.4 KB)  21 May 2020
33 Directions to Close Certain Businesses, Places, Activities and Services and Directions for Safety Measures PDF (131.9 KB) 4pm 21 May 2020
34 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 33 PDF (96.8 KB) 8:05am 22 May 2020
35 Directions to Close Certain Places, Businesses, Activities and Services and Directions for Safety Measures PDF (123.5 KB) 4pm 22 May 2020
36 Directions for Safety Measures at Reopened Places, Businesses, Activities, Services and Premises PDF (204.3 KB) 12pm 5 June 2020
37 Revocation of Directions for Physical Distancing PDF (188.1 KB)  12 June 2020
38 Directions for Territory border restrictions PDF (327.3 KB)  12 June 2020
39 Directions for major public events PDF (196.4 KB)  19 June 2020
40 Directions for Aged Care Facilities PDF (208.7 KB)  24 June 2020
41 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 38 PDF (100.7 KB)   25 June 2020
38/41 No 38 and No 41 - Consolidated version PDF (411.9 KB)   25 June 2020
42 Commercial Vessels - Crew Directions PDF (233.0 KB)  26 June 2020
43 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 38 PDF (99.8 KB)   26 June 2020
38/41/43 No 38 No 41 and No 43 - Consolidated version PDF (426.8 KB)  26 June 2020
44 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (468.2 KB)   3 July 2020
45 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (472.3 KB)   17 July 2020
46 Commercial Vessels - Crew Directions PDF (242.5 KB) 00:01am 17 July 2020
47 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 45 PDF (349.1 KB) 5.35pm 23 July 2020
45/47 No 45 and No 47 - Consolidated version PDF (337.6 KB)  27 July 2020
48 No 48 - Amendment to COVID-19 Directions (No. 45) 2020  PDF (103.4 KB)  7 August 2020
45/47/48 COVID-19 Directions (No. 45), (No. 47) and (No. 48) 2020 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions Consolidated version PDF (353.9 KB)   7 August 2020
49 Directions for Territory Border Restrictions PDF (476.0 KB)
Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No. 50, No. 53, No. 54 and No. 60/2020, and No. 2/of 2021  PDF (188.5 KB)
  24 August 2020
20 January 2021 
49/50 Consolidated No 49 as amended by No 50 PDF (350.5 KB) 12 noon 28 August 2020
50 Directions for Freight Workers PDF (493.1 KB) 12 noon 28 August 2020
51 Directions for Maritime Crew PDF (343.8 KB) 12 noon 28 August 2020
52 Directions for Quarantine Facilities PDF (651.8 KB) 00:01am 12 September 2020
53 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 49 PDF (592.6 KB) 00:01am 1 October 2020
49/50/53 Consolidated No 49, 50 and 53 PDF (272.6 KB)  1 October 2020
54 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 49 00:01am 16 October 2020
49/50/53/54 Consolidated No 49, 50, 53 and 54 PDF (176.7 KB) 00:01am 16 October 2020
55 Directions for Quarantine Facilities PDF (369.1 KB) 10:29am 12 November 2020
56 Safety Measures for Places, Businesses, Activities, Services and Premises PDF (240.2 KB) 00:01am 30 November 2020
57 Directions for Major Public Events PDF (208.6 KB) 00:01am 30 November 2020
60 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No 49  PDF (201.9 KB) 18:58PM 21 December 2020
49/50/53/54/60 Consolidated No. 49 50 53 54 and 60 PDF (180.2 KB) 18:58PM 21 December 2020
63 Amendment to COVID-19 Directions No.55 PDF (208.0 KB) 00:01am 19 January 2021