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Hotspots

All of New South Wales is a declared hotspot for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory.

Anyone who arrives in the Northern Territory, who has been in New South Wales must undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

People may still transit through Sydney Airport as it is not a hotspot.

Testing and quarantine directions

A number of testing and quarantine directions are in place for those people who have visited COVID-19 public exposure sites in NSW and are defined by health authorities as being close contacts or causal contacts.

NT Chief Health Officer Directions in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales require:

Anyone who arrives in the Northern Territory from 5pm on 22 June 2021 onwards must

  • Undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities if they are defined as a ‘close contact’ by NSW Health.

Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 11 June and 5pm on 22 June 2021 must

  • Immediately get tested and undertake 14 days of quarantine in their home or at a suitable place if they are defined by NSW Health as a ‘close contact’. They must remain in quarantine (unless to get tested) until noon of the 14th day after they were in a NSW COVID-19 case location, regardless of whether they return a negative COVID-19 test.

Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory from 11 June 2021 and until otherwise directed must

  • Self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until a negative result is returned if they are defined by NSW Health as a ‘casual contact’.
  • Monitor for symptoms, and if any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until a negative result is returned.
  • Check the NSW Health COVID-19 case locations website at least once per day to make sure all directions are being followed as public exposure sites are constantly changing and regularly updated.

New South Wales public exposure sites can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#search-suburbs

To arrange a COVID-19 test, please book online at coronavirus.nt.gov.au or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Australia, and will take into account COVID-19 monitoring and data collection, the extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.

Declared hotspots - NSW

View a list of former declared hotspots

AreaStart of declared hotspotEnd of declared hotspot
Mid North Coast Region  
Bellingen Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Clarence Valley Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Coffs Harbour5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Kempsey Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Nambucca Valley Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Murray Region  
City of Albury5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Balranald Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Berrigan Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Edward River Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Federation Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Greater Hume Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Murray River Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Wentworth Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
The Riverina Region  
Bland Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Carrathool Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Coolamon Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Griffith5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Hay Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Junee Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Leeton Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Lockhart Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Murrumbidgee Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Narrandera Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Snowy Valleys Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Temora Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Wagga Wagga5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Greater Metropolitan Newcastle and Hunter Region  
City of Cessnock5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Dungog Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Lake Macquarie5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Maitland5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Mid-Coast Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Muswellbrook Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Newcastle5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Port Stephens Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Singleton Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Upper Hunter Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Richmond-Tweed Region  
Ballina Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Byron Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Kyogle Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Lismore5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Richmond Valley Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Tweed Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
South East Region  
Bega Valley Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Eurobodalla Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Goulburn Mulwaree Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Hilltops Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Snowy Monaro Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Upper Lachlan Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Yass Valley Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Northern Region  
Armidale Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Glen Innes Severn Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Gunnedah Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Gwydir Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Inverell Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Liverpool Plains Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Moree Plains Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Narrabri Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Tamworth Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Tenterfield Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Uralla Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Walcha Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Central West Region  
Bathurst Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Cowra Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Forbes Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Lachlan Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
City of Lithgow5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Mid-Western Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Oberon Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Parkes Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Weddin Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
North Western Region  
Bogan Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Bourke Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Brewarrina Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Cobar Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Coonamble Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Dubbo Regional Council5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Gilgandra Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Narromine Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Walgett Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Warren Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Warrumbungle Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Far West Region  
City of Broken Hill5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Central Darling Shire5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Unincorporated areas  
Lord Howe Island5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Unincorporated Far West5:00pm on 27 July 2021Current
Municipality of Kiama5:00pm on 24 July 2021Current
Wingecarribee Shire5:00pm on 24 July 2021Current
Orange City Council 5:00pm on 21 July 2021Current
Blayney Shire Council 5:00pm on 21 July 2021Current
Cabonne Shire Council 5:00pm on 21 July 2021Current
Hawkesbury City Council 5:00pm on 9 July 2021 Current
Wollondilly Shire Council 5:00pm on 9 July 2021 Current
Shellharbour City Council 5:00pm on 9 July 2021 Current
Central Coast Council 6:00pm on 26 June 2021 Current
Bayside Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Blacktown 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Municipality of Burwood 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Camden Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Campbelltown 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Canada Bay 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Canterbury-Bankstown 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Cumberland City Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Fairfield 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Georges River Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Hornsby Shire 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Municipality of Hunter’s Hill 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Inner West Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Ku-ring-gai Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Lane Cove Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Liverpool 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Mosman Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
North Sydney Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Northern Beaches Council 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Parramatta 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Penrith 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Randwick 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Ryde 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Municipality of Strathfield 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Sutherland Shire 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Sydney 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
The Hills Shire 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
City of Willoughby 6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Sydney Surrounds:
- City of Blue Mountains
6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Illawara:
- City of Wollongong
6:00pm on 23 June 2021 Current
Waverley Council 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 Current
Woollahra Municipal Council 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 Current
  • 27 June 2021

    In addition to the existing New South Wales Hotspots in the Greater Sydney, Sydney Surrounds, Illawarra and Central West Regions, the CHO has declared further Hotspots for the remainder of regional New South Wales. Please note that, with reference to direction 32 of CHO Directions No.8 (Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), this Hotspot declaration has shortened application to 0 days. These Hotspots ‘begin’ from 5:00pm on 27 July 2021. The declaration does not extend back the usual 14 days. It is a prospective Hotspot declaration.

    23 June 2021

    The CHO has declared the following New South Wales Local Government Areas to be COVID-19 Hotspots from 6:00pm on 23 June 2021:

    Greater Metropolitan Sydney*:

    • Bayside Council
    • City of Blacktown
    • Municipality of Burwood
    • Camden Council
    • City of Campbelltown
    • City of Canada Bay
    • City of Canterbury-Bankstown
    • Cumberland City Council
    • City of Fairfield
    • Georges River Council
    • Hornsby Shire
    • Municipality of Hunter’s Hill
    • Inner West Council
    • Ku-ring-gai Council
    • Lane Cove Council
    • City of Liverpool
    • Mosman Council
    • North Sydney Council
    • Northern Beaches Council
    • City of Parramatta
    • City of Penrith
    • City of Randwick
    • City of Ryde
    • Municipality of Strathfield
    • Sutherland Shire
    • City of Sydney
    • The Hills Shire
    • City of Willoughby

    Sydney Surrounds:  

    City of Blue Mountains

    Illawarra:

    City of Wollongong

    *As you are aware, Waverley Council and the Woollahra Municipal Council were declared as COVID-19 Hotspots from 5:00pm on 22 June 2021.

    22 June 2021

    The CHO has declared the following New South Wales Local Government Areas to be COVID-19 Hotspots from 5:00pm on 22 June 2021:

    • Waverley Council
    • Woollahra Municipal Council

    The CHO has made the following directions:

    I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, Chief Health Officer, under section 52 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (the Act), consider it necessary, appropriate or desirable to take action to alleviate the public health emergency in the Territory, declared by instrument entitled "Declaration of Public Health Emergency", dated 18 March 2020 (the public health emergency declaration), by making the following directions, effective immediately:

    1. With reference to Part 6 of CHO Directions No.8 of 2021 (my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), the locations (including public transport routes) listed at the following link as COVID-19 case locations in New South Wales, as updated by the New South Wales Department of Health from time to time, are COVID-19 public exposure sites. The relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the New South Wales Department of Health from time to time are the public exposure periods:

      https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

    2. These directions apply to any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site during the public exposure periods.
    3. Any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in New South Wales since 11 June 2021 must check the above website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site and they were at that place during the public exposure period.
    4. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 11 June 2021 and 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 who is a ‘close contact’, as defined by the above website, must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the COVID-19 public exposure site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    5. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who arrives in the Northern Territory from 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 onwards who is a ‘close contact’, as defined by the above website, must quarantine at a place approved by me until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the COVID-19 public exposure site. The person must submit to testing while in quarantine.
    6. With reference to direction 41 of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who is a ‘casual contact’, as defined by the above website, must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
    7. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a ‘monitor for symptoms’ COVID-19 public exposure site must monitor for symptoms and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms arise. If tested, the person must remain in a suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.
    8. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘close contact’ site, ceases to be a ‘close contact’ site, a person who is in quarantine by reason only of that area formerly being a ‘close contact’ site is not required to remain in quarantine, provided they have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result.
    9. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘casual contact’ or ‘monitor for symptoms’ site becomes a ‘close contact’ site, a person who has been to the site must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the ‘close contact’ site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    10. To avoid doubt, a person to whom these directions apply is considered a person who is required to quarantine under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions (No.8), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.