Lockdowns & travel restrictions

22nd November: Groote travel restrictions extended

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 22 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The current travel restrictions on charter flights and ferries between the mainland and Groote Eylandt/Bickerton Island have been extended until 6pm Wednesday 24th November.


In addition all inbound travellers on commercial flights must be fully vaccinated and return a negative rapid antigen test prior to boarding.


For details, see

Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

18th November: Groote Archipelago - Emergency COVID-19 lockdown

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 18 November, 2021
Notice text: 


The ALC Board today passed a resolution requesting limitation of flights, ferries and other boats to Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island from Friday 19th November until 6pm Monday, 22nd November. In addition, any local events or gatherings should be rescheduled.

See the attachment with CEO letter for full details.

Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

16th November: Masks mandate across NT as Katherine cases increase

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 16 November, 2021
Notice text: 

From 12pm on Tuesday 16th November, the whole of NT is subject to mask-wearing requirements, and the Katherine/Robinson River lockdown has been extended until Monday 22nd November.

Mask rules:

  • You must wear a face mask outside of your home when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres - this includes at places like the supermarket and shops
  • Workers who come into close contact with patrons, or who work in crowded environments need to wear a mask
  • People at restaurants, cafes and pubs must wear a mask unless eating or drinking.


For more information see the attachment and these links:


16th November: lockdowns in Katherine, Robinson River (Borroloola area)

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 15 November, 2021
Notice text: 

From 6pm on Monday 15th November, greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) is into a lockdown for 72 hours. People are only allowed to leave home for the following reasons:

  • Medical treatment
  • Essential goods and services
  • Essential work
  • One hour of exercise a day no further than 5km from home
  • To provide care to a person who cannot support themselves.


Vaccination and Testing Arrangements

A Rapid Assessment Team has been dispatched to Robinson River and the Public Health Plan has been enacted. Work is underway to vaccinate all Robinson River residents over the coming days. Extra vaccinations are also being made available in Borroloola.


For more information see the attachment and these links:

Mask & testing regulations: Protecting remote communities

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 10 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The NT Government has made special regulations for people who travel to remote communities which have first dose vaccination rates of less than 70%. These regulations require mask wearing and COVID testing, and apply from 15th November (mask wearing) and 19th November (COVID testing).

This means that anyone traveling to an NT remote community will need to check the vaccination status of the community before traveling there. NT Community vaccination rates can be checked here.

Groote Clinics advise that “Alyangula/Umbakumba/Milyakburra/Angurugu aged 16 and over for second covid vaccination show percentages from 76% to 89%, therefore we are not below the 70% and do not meet the mandatory mask wearing or COVID testing [requirement].”. However people visiting other communities must check vaccination rates and follow the regulations.

See also:

Source: 

NT Government / Alyangula Clinic manager

10th November: Darwin LOCKOUT ended but mask rules continue

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 9 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The lockout for Darwin ended midnight on 9th November 2021. However a mask mandate remains in place until 5pm Friday, 12 November 2021 for both Katherine and Greater Darwin. These are the current rules:

  • Face masks must be worn when you are unable to physically distance – at places like supermarkets, shops, hairdressers and on public transport. Workers who come into close contact with patrons, or who work in crowded environments will need to wear a mask.
  • The Territory Check-In App is mandatory for business, organisations and places. Customers and visitors must check-in every time, no matter how long they are there for.
  • You need to wear a mask when going to a café or restaurant but you can remove it when seated and eating and drinking. Patrons are required to wear a mask when at the bar. Dance floors are open but you must wear a mask.

For full details see:

Source: 

NT Government

8th November: Extended further - Darwin LOCKOUT

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 8 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The lockout for Darwin has been extended until midnight on 9th November 2021. The lockout has different rules and restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Source: 

NT Government

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