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16 Nov. 2021

COVID-19 Update: Katherine Region, Robinson River

Please see information below from the Northern Territory Government regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Katherine Region and surrounding communities including Robinson River:

Following positive COVID-19 cases in the Northern Territory, parts of the NT have gone into a lockdown.

On Monday 15 November 2021, Greater Katherine and Robinson River including surrounding homelands entered into a full lockdown.

The lockdown for Katherine has moved to a lockout until Tuesday 7 December. 

Robinson River, including surrounding homelands transitioned to a lockout this will remain in place until Wednesday, 1 December.

Binjari is in hard lockdown.

Rockhole transitioned from a hard lockdown to a lockdown at midday 25 November 2021.

A mask mandate is in place for the Roper Gulf and Victoria-Daly Local Government Areas (LGAs) and will remain in place until 6pm on Saturday 4 December.

There are testing requirements for anyone who has left Katherine since 7 November 2021 or left Robinson River since 11 November 2021 and are currently NOT in a lockdown area.

Lockdown details for Lajamanu and homelands

Residents must stay at home for the lockdown period and people are only permitted to leave for the following five reasons:

  • Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  • For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications. Only one household member should visit the store, once per day.
  • For work that is considered essential.
  • For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house.
  • To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency, including to escape harm relating to family violence.

Masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence. Your place of residence is where you are staying right now.

Schools and early childhood services in Lajamanu and the surrounding homelands will be closed.

Territorians in the lockdown area should not travel.

Essential workers who are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can continue to go to work.

Anyone who has been in the Lajamanu community or the surrounding homelands since 15 November 2021 is required to immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in isolation until a negative test is returned.

Please visit for NT Coronavirus Website for specific information on each lockdown/lockout location https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/lockdown-lockout

Emergency Relief Payments

The COVID-19 Disaster Payments have been reinstated in the Northern Territory for those impacted by the lockdowns and outbreaks who cannot work. Please folow the link below for more information and how to access this payment: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/cov...

Scam Warning

Services Australia has released a warning about a text message scam offering $750 payments for proof of vaccination. This is especially important for those in lockdown areas and vulnerable clients to avoid. Read more about the scam and what to do if you receive this text message here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/covid-19-vaccinati...

As this is a developing situation, we are awaiting more information from the Chief Minister and Chief Health Officer. We will keep you up to date as best we can.

If you have any questions about what this means for your organisation operationally, please direct them to 1800 193 111 which is the business advice hotline in the NT.

We understand this may be a trying process for yourself and your staff, please get in touch with us if you are having trouble accessing information.