1 April 2021

The Chief Health Officer will revoke Greater Queensland as a hotspot from 11.30am on 1 April 2021.

The below Queensland Local Government Areas are revoked as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Redland City
  • Toowoomba Region

People arriving in the Northern Territory from a Queensland hotspot will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from a Queensland hotspot will be able to exit.

The Hotspot over Byron Shire Council remains in place.

The Chief Health Officer has also revoked the isolate and test direction in relation to all Queensland locations. If you have an appointment booked that you no longer need, please call the COVID-19 hotline to cancel it.

This decision comes off the back of Queensland deciding to come out of their three-day lock down early, and only one more COVD-19 case recording in the past 24 hours.

Significant community testing has been undertaken across Greater Brisbane and the public health measures implemented by Queensland authorities have acted as a circuit breaker for this cluster of cases.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Australia, and will declare a hotspot at any time if required.

All people travelling to the Northern Territory will continue to be required to complete an online border entry form upon arrival.

The Chief Health Officer has urged Territorians not to become complacent as the COVID-19 situation can change quickly. Personal behaviour including practising high levels of hygiene and physical distancing remain our best defence against COVID-19.

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

  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Do not travel or go to work if you are sick.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
  • For more information about hotspots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

 

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie

“The Queensland public health response has been swift and extensive. Strict lockdown measures were put in place, significant community testing has been undertaken and there has been only one new case recording in Queensland in the past 24 hours.

“Because of these public health measures I am comfortable in revoking the Queensland hotspots, but will continue to review and monitor the situation across Australia, particularly in Northern NSW.

“Personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19. Regularly washing our hands and practicing physical distancing are essential to keeping us safe.