Current restrictions, rules and exposure sites
You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings in the Northern Territory, but wearing a mask remains recommended. Wearing masks reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Face masks must be worn in the following high risk settings:
- hospitals and health care facilities
- aged care facilities
- disability residential facilities
- correctional facilities
- family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask.
Face mask exemptions
You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical illness, mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.
Only a police officer or an authorised officer can ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.
If asked by a police officer, you must show them either:
- a medical certificate
- a letter from your health practitioner
- a letter from your NDIS provider.
The medical certificate or letter must:
- be dated and signed and
- state that you have an illness, condition or disability and
- state that in their opinion you qualify for an exemption from CHO Directions requiring the wearing of face masks.
The medical certificate or letter should not specify the nature of your illness, condition or disability.
You must also carry and produce evidence of your name and address to a police officer or authorised officer if requested.
People also have to wear a mask at airports and on planes as detailed below.
Mask mandates at airports
Chief Health Officer Directions make it mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports and while on board an aircraft. Masks must be worn when inside the airport and when on the airfield.
Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
Mask wearing is mandatory at the following Northern Territory airports:
- Darwin International Airport
- Alice Springs Airport
- Connellan Airport - Ayers Rock (Yulara)
- Gove Airport
- Groote Eylandt
A person is not required to wear a mask during an emergency or while doing any of the following:
- Consuming food or beverage
- Communicating with a person who is hearing impaired
- Wearing an oxygen mask
It is the responsibility of individuals to make sure they have a mask to wear when at major NT airports and while on board an aircraft.