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NSW hotspot update

30 December 2020

The NT Chief Health Officer has declared the following areas in Sydney as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 00:01am on 31 December 2020.

The suburbs of Croydon, Croydon Park, Lilli Pilli, North Strathfield, Strathfield, Strathfield South and Sutherland in New South Wales.

Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory who has been in a currently declared hotspot must undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities at a cost of $2,500 per person.

If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from a COVID-19 hotspot you are advised to rethink your plans. If you are a Territorian intending to travel to a hotspot you are advised to rethink your plans.

Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory on, or after 25 December 2020 and has been to a declared hotspot in NSW needs to have a COVID-19 test immediately and self-quarantine whilst awaiting the results.

Please contact the COVID-19 hotline 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person who has been in an area that has been declared a hotspot since you arrived in the NT.

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

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. Make sure you get tested and stay at home.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002.

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Quotes attributable to NT Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie

“This is about protecting the health and safety of Territorians. The decisions we make in the coming days will be critical.

“These are not easy decisions to make, but from the learnings we have had we know that we need to act decisively.

“This is a strong reminder to us all, we must continue to apply the COVID safety principals and regularly wash our hands and practice physical distancing. These may seem like simple things but they essential to keeping us safe.

“We have a proven track record of doing the right thing in the Territory. I ask everyone to have a safe COVID New Year celebration.’’