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30 Jun. 2021

COVID-19 Lockdown for Alice Springs Region

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) understands this is a critical time for the Northern Territory, specifically the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield areas and Central Australia, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to our community. As we are learning what the restrictions are in real-time, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your services and staff through this time.

The Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced at 11AM on Wednesday 30th June Alice Springs would enter a lockdown period for 72 hours from 1PM Wednesday until Saturday at 1PM. This relates to the exposure site of the Alice Springs airport on Friday 25th June including the departures area, front of the airport and the carpark and drop off areas. There are specific instructions to each of these areas which can be found here:

Chief Health Officer Dr. Hugh Heggie made it clear any visitors in Alice Springs from surrounding communities will be able to get back to their communities with the help of the Northern Territory Government, but they must stay in Alice Springs until there is a plan for them to return. Food and masks will be supplied as soon as practicable. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Tangentyere Council will be assisting with this process.

All residents and visitors in Alice Springs are required to stay at home until further notice or 1PM Saturday 3rd July. Surrounding towns who rely on Alice Springs for shopping and medicines will still be allowed to move through the area and are included in the lockdown area for this purpose.

You may only leave your home through the next 72 hours for the following five reasons:

  • To receive health care or attend medical appointments. Including to get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • To undertake shopping and get necessary goods and services. Supermarkets will stay open, so there is no need to stock up on groceries.
  • To exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home and only with members of your household or one other person.
  • To undertake essential work. If you can work from home – you must work from home.
  • In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent.

If you leave the home for any of the reasons above, you must wear a mask.

AADANT would like to remind their members we are here to represent your needs to government as well as to advocate for what you need to safely operate. Especially in times of lockdown and uncertainty, AADANT will continue to advocate.

Please let us know if you need assistance, updated health advice, any answers to questions related to the COVID-19 lockdown or need help to access appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for your staff.

As we are working from home, please use our mobile numbers which can be found on our website (

We trust you have put in place policies and procedures for this exact scenario and remain available to you for any clarification. 

Wellbeing support

If you, or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed there are services you can reach out to. More information.