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COVID-19 Update: Regional Victoria hotspot revoked

11 September 2021

The Chief Health Officer is revoking Regional Victoria as a hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory, effective as at 5:00pm today, 10 September 2021, with the exception of the City of Greater Shepparton Local Government Area (LGA).

Hotspots remain in place for the City of Greater Shepparton LGA and Metropolitan Melbourne.

People arriving in the Northern Territory from Regional Victoria will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine in the NT. Anyone currently in mandatory supervised quarantine from these areas will be able to exit.

The Chief Health Officer also requires anyone arriving in the NT from Regional Victoria, excluding the City of Greater Shepparton, to travel directly to a suitable place, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. The person must remain in isolation until a negative test is returned.

Revoking hotspots for Regional Victoria aligns with the easing of some lockdown restrictions in those areas by Victorian health authorities. Public health controls remain in place across Regional Victoria including mandatory wearing of face masks and travel bans to Metropolitan Melbourne. Airports in Victoria are not considered to be hotspots and are able to be transited through.

Testing and quarantine directions remain in place for those people who have visited a COVID-19 public exposure site in Victoria. Public exposure sites continue to change and it is important that those people who have arrived in the Northern Territory from Regional Victoria check the Victorian COVID-19 website daily to review.

Strict border controls are in place for all people travelling to the NT from a declared hotspot or public exposure site. The border controls prohibit entry into the NT unless you are a returning resident, or have obtained prior approval to enter.

In addition, the Chief Health Officer also requires those people who have undertaken quarantine interstate to get a Day Three COVID-19 test after arriving in the Northern Territory. Those people are required to enter into supervised mandatory quarantine upon arrival into the Northern Territory and remain there until a negative test is returned.

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.

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

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine at https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
  • Check in using The Territory check-in app every time, everywhere.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.

To stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie:

“Hotspots across Regional Victoria will lift today to align with the easing of some lockdown restrictions in those areas by Victorian health authorities.

“We are in a position to revoke these hotspots given the extensive public health measures that remain in place in Regional Victoria, such as mandatory mask wearing and unauthorised travel bans to Metropolitan Melbourne, in addition to the extensive testing that has been undertaken.

“Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the NT remain for the City of Greater Shepparton LGA and Metropolitan Melbourne, as well as in New South Wales.”