Easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Tue, 12 May 2020

All information is sourced from Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture - Bite Size Arts NT News

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The NT has a three-stage process towards easing of restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19.

Stage 1 – From noon, 1 May 2020 -  Applies to simple and safe outdoor activities where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, and includes:

  • personal gatherings
  • playgrounds, parks and campgrounds outside biosecurity areas
  • training outdoors, including bootcamps, yoga etc – not capped, as long as physical distancing is maintained at all times

Stage 2 – anticipated to commence from noon, 15 May 2020 – Incorporates some indoor activities where activities must:

  • be under two hours
  • abide by physical distancing rules (1.5m distance)
  • adhere to appropriate hygiene requirements
  • a COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist must be completed and submitted prior to opening.

Stage 3 – anticipated to commence from noon, 5 June 2020 - The two hour time limit will be removed and restrictions will be eased further. Applies to:

  • any cinema, theatre, entertainment venue, concert hall, music hall, dance hall, performing art centre, nightclub or any other similar entertainment venue in an approved configuration, as per the COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • music performances may resume at a bar (traditional pub setting, where food is not being consumed)
  • all businesses, facilities and services previously restricted can now resume, ensuring adherence to key principles
  • prior to resuming operation, all businesses, services, facilities and organisations must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. 
  • major events will be approved on a case by case basis
  • these changes also apply to communities within Designated Biosecurity Areas.

The situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve and this information is correct as at midday on Friday, 8 May May 2020. 

For up-to-date information, please go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au

COVID-19 Safety Plan

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation, the NT Government has created a step by step process to help impacted NT organisations and operators restart while managing their safety responsibilities around COVID-19.

By 5 June 2020, all NT businesses must submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist to demonstrate how they will meet requirements around the key principles of physical distancing and hygiene practices.

Once you have submitted your COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist and have appropriate procedures in place, you can begin planning for your restart (Stage 2) from noon on 15 May 2020.

On submission of your Checklist, you will be emailed a summary which you can use/display as an interim approval until you receive a statement of commitment, which may take up to 14 days.

Businesses that have already reopened should still go ahead and complete the Safety Plan Checklist.

View the guidelines outlining what you need to do for your business or organisation and complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist online.

Important Advice for Food Businesses
If your business has an onsite café or restaurant you are required to take extra precautions and implement additional processes and procedures. Before reopening, you are required to review food safety requirement measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 transmission.

Please note if your business has a food outlet that serves food or drink, you will need to complete both the Food Business Checklist and a COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist before you reopen.

Before completing the COVID-19 Food Business Checklist, please view the guidelines for food businesses.

More Information
For more information, contact Environmental Health on 1800 095 646.

COVID-19 information for workplaces is available on the Safe Work Australia website.

Information on food safety and coronavirus is available at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.