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29 Jun. 2021

COVID-19 Lockdown for Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield 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, 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 NT Health Minister, the Hon. Natasha Fyles, has indicated the NT is bracing for more cases through community transmission which is why the lockdown has been extended to 1PM Friday 2nd July.

We understand the pressure this puts on services in terms of staff and the care of your clients when in residential facilities and through online measures. 

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 (https://www.aadant.org.au/contact-us

Please see the latest health advice below from the Northern Territory Department of Health as of 9AM on Tuesday 29th June:

Lockdown Restrictions

People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons. Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home:

  • 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.

All businesses, retail outlets, hospitality venues, gyms, pools and community centres will be closed. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away and delivery services.

Although it is school holidays, schools and vacation care will be closed except for the children of essential workers. Childcare centres will open only for the children of essential workers.

In addition to this, there is a new direction on masks. For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence.

It is an offence not to comply with CHO Directions and fines will be issued for those failing to follow lockdown directions.

Getting Tested

It’s important that if you have any symptoms that you get tested for COVID-19, particularly if you have been in the Greater Darwin area since 21 June 2021.

To arrange a COVID test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested,

A 24-hour hotline has been established to provide information about the lockdown arrangements: 1800 193 111

 

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

 

Public Exposure Sites and Lockdown Boundaries

The public exposure sites have been released and can be found here: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/case-location-alerts-and-public-...

All relevant health advice relating to the lockdown can be found here: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/advice-care/covid-19-lockdown-re...

A map of the lockdown area can be accessed here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1d0q-YPz4Cj2EKqKWI_416foVLoq4q1...

Wellbeing support

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