18th January: 11 new daily COVID cases on Groote; vaccination update

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
Notice text: 

Cases update

There have been 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Groote Archipelago in the 24 hours to 8pm on 17 January 2022. The total number of Active Cases is 24.

18 of the Active Cases are being supported by GEMCO under the direction of the CDC and 6 are isolating at home or being supported to isolate by their employer in Alyangula. Contact tracing has been completed for all cases and all contacts are isolating. There is currently no evidence of community transmission on Groote Eylandt.

The Chief Minister and Cabinet’s office will provide daily updates on new cases, total Active Cases and on the status of the vaccination rollout.

Vaccination update

The Groote populations have high rates of vaccination:

Double vaccination rates for age 16 years and over:

  • Alyangula – 95%
  • Umbakumba – 95%
  • Angurugu – 92%
  • Milyakburra – 91%
  • TOTAL – 93%

Double vaccination rates for age 12 to 15:

  • Alyangula – 83%
  • Umbakumba – 61%
  • Angurugu – 72%
  • Milyakburra – 50%
  • TOTAL – 72%

See the notice attachment for further information, including:

  • Vaccination for 5 to 11 year old children started on 17 January 2022
  • Booster (third) vaccinations are now available from all the clinics
  • Reporting Rapid Antigen (RAT) tests
  • Mask mandate - masks must generally be worn indoors
  • See notice attachment for full details

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

13th January: 21 COVID cases on Groote; Vaccine now for children

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 13 January, 2022
Notice text: 

Cases of COVID on Groote

There have now been a total of 21 positive cases of COVID-19 on Groote Eylandt. All cases are isolating at home or being supported to isolate by their employer. There is currently no evidence of community transmission on Groote Eylandt.

Vaccine rollout for 5-11-year old children

Children aged 5-11 years will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from 17th January 2022.

Vaccination options:

  • Home visits by Health Clinic staff for Umbakumba and Angurugu communities
  • Walk-ins are welcome at Umbakumba and Angurugu Health Clinics
  • Bookings can be made at the Alyangula Health Clinic - 8987 6255
  • Child Health Nurses will be vaccinating children at Angurugu School at the commencement of Term 1
  • ALC will host BBQs and Hotdog days to support the chilren’s vaccination roll-out
  • NOTE: A parent or legal guardian will be asked to provide consent prior to each child being vaccinated.

See also the notice attachment for updates and details about Rapid Antigen Tests, Masks and who needs to isolate.


Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

11th January: Angurugu exclusion zone lifted, NT's new Vaccine Pass system

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 11 January, 2022
Notice text: 

Angurugu is no longer in an exclusion zone. No additional conditions apply to entering or leaving (but see this page for all NT COVID-19 information and this page for information about Lockouts, Mask mandate, and Exposure sites).

There is a new “Vaccine Pass” system now applying across the whole of the NT. You have to show proof of vaccination when visiting these venues:

  • Pubs and clubs
  • Casinos
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Ticketed events for more than 500 people in urban centres or more than 100 people in non-urban centres.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated you cannot visit these venues (but you can use take-away services).

You may be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status when checking in to these venues. If you are over 16 years old you should carry proof of your vaccination status and be prepared to show it if asked. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status includes:

  • The Territory Check-In App with a linked COVID-19 digital certificate (instructions to do this are available here)
  • A COVID-19 digital certificate, stored on a phone or printed
  • An immunisation history statement, either stored on a phone or printed

For further information, see the NT Government website for information about proof of vaccination.


Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government, SecureNT

7th January: NT-wide lockout and extension of exclusion zone rules

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 6 January, 2022
Notice text: 

Several changed restrictions were announced on 6th January 2022. The main points are:

  • A “lockout” applies to the whole of NT. Unvaccinated people must stay at home except for medical treatment, getting essential supplies, or to provide essential care. See this page for details.
  • The rules about entry to exclusion zones now apply to all people in NT. Angurugu is an exclusion zone. See below for details.
  • The previously announced mask mandate continues - for the whole of NT, people must wear masks except in their home or when they can keep more than 1.5 metres form other people. See this page for details

Exclusion zones (includes Angurugu)

  • only residents and essential workers can enter an exclusion zone
  • before entering an exclusion zone, any person has to take a Rapid Antigen (RAT) test

Exclusion zone map: the map of exclusion zones

Exclusion zones document 1 (rules):

Exclusion zone document 2 (locations):

For further information, see the notice attachments and the links above.


NT Government

31st December: Masks mandate for all NT from 6pm

Date of notice or action: 
Friday, 31 December, 2021
Notice text: 

For the whole of the NT from 6pm tonight, wearing masks will be mandatory when inside venues, except when eating, drinking or when you are more than 1.5 metres away from others.

For further information see SecureNT on Facebook or this ABC News page.

30th December: Positive COVID-19 case on Groote Eylandt

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 29 December, 2021
Notice text: 

On Wednesday 29th December a GEMCO worker on Groote Eylandt tested positive for COVID-19. The worker arrived by plane from Cairns on Tuesday 28th December. The worker had followed NT Border Entry and GEMCO COVID requirements.

The worker has been flown to Howard Springs, and close contacts have been isolated.

On Thursday 30th December, Gemco has mandated all its workers to wear masks when in indoor workplaces, vehicles etc..

For further details, see the notice attachment


NT Government Chief Minister's Office, and Vinje Randall GEMCO External Affairs

16th December: New rules for people coming from outside NT

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 20 December, 2021
Notice text: 

All people returning to NT from interstate:

  • you must take a COVID test 3 days before arriving in NT
  • you can come to Darwin and then go straight to Groote (you don't have to stay in Darwin)
  • you must take more COVID tests 3 days and 6 days after arriving in NT. You can go to any Groote clinic (Umbakumba, Angurugu, Alyangula) for these tests

For Angurugu only:

  • if you live in Angurugu you can go home, also you must do all the COVID tests, and for 7 days you must wear a mask when outside your house
  • if your home is not in Angurugu, you must not go to Angurugu for 14 days after you arrive from interstate

For more information, details and updates, see the attachment notice, and:


Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

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:

Groote and Darwin/Alice Springs lifting of lockdowns

Date of notice or action: 
Friday, 2 July, 2021
Notice text: 

[2nd July 2021]

As advised by the Chief Minister today, the lockdowns in the Greater Darwin region and in Alice Springs will end from 1.00pm today, with some restrictions to remain in place for a further 7 days.

Note that anyone returning to Groote from Darwin or Alice Springs will be required to wear a mask in public on Groote for 7 days from 1pm today.

For full details, see the attachment.


NT Government via Mark Hewitt ALC CEO


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