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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 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