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16 Aug. 2021

Lockdown announced for Greater Darwin and Katherine 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, Rural, Katherine and Tindal 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.

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. 

Lockdown will be for the following areas for 72 hours (Monday 16 August from 12PM-Thursday 19 August 12PM):

  • City of Darwin
  • City of Palmerston
  • Litchfield Council
  • Wagait Shire
  • Belyuen Shire
  • Dundee
  • Bynoe
  • Charlotte
  • Cox Peninsula
  • Municipality of Katherine
  • Tindal

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 (

Please see the latest health advice below from the Northern Territory Government as of 11AM on Monday 16 August:

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 and test
  • 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. Goods and services other than food, groceries and medicines will be click and collect only.

Schools and 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. If you cannot wear a mask, you must have evidence of this with you. Masks are also mandatory when exercising, they must be work at all times.

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 and you have been to one of the exposure sites, you get tested.

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.

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 Northern Territory Government is stressing you do not get tested unless you have been to one of the below exposure sites.

Close Contact Exposure Sites

Immediately isolate and call the COVID-19 testing hotline on 1800 490 484. Health Officials will come to you with a test and you must remain isolated for 14 days.

Friday 13 August:

Darwin MiniMart on Smith St from 6PM
Salvatores Restaurant Knuckey St. after 6PM

Saturday 14 August:

Outback Steak and Curry Restaurant Mitchell St 1PM-2PM
Darwin MiniMart Smith Street

Sunday 15 August:

Knotts Crossing Resort Reception 1:15PM-2PM
Woolworths Katherine 12:30-1PM

Casual Contacts Exposure Sites

Please isolate immediately and call the hotline to arrange a test in your residence on 1800 490 484. You must isolate until a negative test is received. 

Avis Rental Car Counter at Darwin Airport
Hilton Hotel Mitchell Street
Smith Street Mall locations to be advised

The public exposure sites will be released and found here:

All relevant health advice relating to the lockdown can be found here:

Essential AOD Services

The Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an essential service to prevent the transmission of a blood borne virus and prevent other injection-related harms.

The primary NSP outlets operated by NTAHC will remain open during the lockdown and will be guided by their COVID-Safe plan.  NTAHC NSP staff are essential workers and confirmation of this has been provided to NTAHC from the Deputy Chief Health Officer.

NSP access during business hours will also be maintained through the network of fixed-site primary, secondary and pharmacy NSP outlets, and the needle and syringe afterhours dispensing units (ADU).

Afterhours access will be maintained through the emergency departments of regional hospitals and the ADUs.

NTG NSP website: Needle and syringe program - NT.GOV.AU

Wellbeing support

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