Thursday 23 April 2020

To reduce the spread COVID-19 don't forget to do the following

Practice Good Hygiene

Everyone must practice good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading. Good hygiene includes:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue;
  • Disposing of tissues properly;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water;
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces;
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people.


Social Distancing

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing. For example:

  • Staying at home when you are unwell;
  • Avoiding large public gatherings if they are not essential;
  • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible;
  • Minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people with existing health conditions.

 Self Isolation

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to the virus, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people.

Staying at home means you;

  • Do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare, universities or beaches;
  • Ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your door;
  • Do not let visitors in – only people who usually live with you should be in your home.


Australia has closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you and your immediate family members are to return to Australia. A self-quarantine process for 14 days will apply.

Strict border controls also apply in the NT. This means that all non-essential travellers arriving at an NT border must complete 14 days of forced quarantine. 
Upon entry, you will be escorted to a designated location where you will be monitored and accommodated for the duration. If you arrive after 11:59pm Friday 3 April, accommodation expenses will be covered by you. More Information on the closure of NT Borders can be found here

For more information from the Australian Government’s Department of Health click here.