Northern Territory, Australia: COVID-19 Restrictions from 05/06/2020

From the 5th June 2020, the rules in Northern Territory will follow part 3 of 3-step

Here are the answers to the questions many have:

Can I visit my friends or family?

No Limit as such. But you must keep 1.5 meters between you and anyone with whom you don’t live. And everyone needs to stay cautious.

Can I have a party?

No Limit as such, but you should maintain physical distancing and always stay cautious.

Can I go to a restaurant or café?

Cafés and restaurants will be allowed to open. Businesses will need to ensure
each customer has at least four-square-meters.

Can I start bringing my reusable coffee cup to the café again?

A new contact-free initiative from Responsible Cafés could see many coffee shops allowing personal reusable takeaway cups allowed back in, however, this is up to individual cafés.

Can I work out outdoors?

Outdoor gym facilities will be reopened and outdoor boot camps will be

Can I go for a swim?

Swimming pools have been opened.

Can I go to the library?

Libraries may open with restrictions:

  • Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres including
    staff members.
  • Each library must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Can I let the kids loose on the playground?

Public playgrounds will be open again. Physical distancing and hygiene should be practised with the little ones.

Can I go back to the office?

Each business owner can make decisions about what makes the most sense
for their situation. Employers must allow employees to work from home where
it is reasonably practical to do so.

Can I leave Darwin?

You can travel within the state. All overseas travel, with very few exceptions,
have been banned and are not likely to resume until next year.

Can I go shopping?

Retail stores have been allowed to open. This is under the provision that they
follow the 4-metre rule.

When am I allowed to leave my house?

You can go out to shop, to work or study (if this cannot be done from home), for fresh air and exercise (with a maximum of 10 people), and for recreational purposes and socializing as long as you are observing social distancing.

Can I get a haircut or visit my beauty therapist?

Capacity must not exceed one customer per 4 square meters on the premises.

Can I get tested if I haven’t been overseas?

Northern Territory Health has announced that anyone with the slightest flu-like symptoms should get tested. If you work with vulnerable people, for example, in a nursing home, boarding school, or any other kind of residential facility, and you experience any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you must be tested.

Can I attend weddings and funerals?

Weddings and Funerals are allowed while following the four-meter rule.

Can I go for a drive?

Yes, you can go out for a drive.

Are dentists open?

Yes, dental services are now open.

Are The Pubs open?

Yes. All businesses are allowed to reopen as long as they have a Covid-19 plan. The two-hour limit has been lifted, meaning night clubs can reopen. You will be able to purchase alcohol from a bar. Licensed gaming activities, including TAB, will start again. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, a venue’s attendance limit will require four square meters per person.

Are schools, TAFE colleges and universities back
in session?

Yes, since 20 April all NT students have been expected to physically attend

What about cinemas, entertainment venues and

Art galleries, museums, zoos, cinemas and theatres, music halls, nightclubs,
amusement parks, community centres, stadiums, sporting facility and similar
entertainment venues can open.

Can I move house?

You are allowed to move houses but keeping in mind the social distancing

What does the Australian government’s contact tracing app do?

Dubbed CovidSafe, the technology is based on digital contact tracing, modelled on a similar app used in Singapore. Its purpose is to suppress the issue of ‘community transmission’ – where the infection is spread between people in public.

How long will this last?

Northern Territory is currently in stage 3 of a three-stage process on easing social restrictions advised by the federal government, to be rolled out over the next two months. However there is no concrete timeline, and the state governments are not required to follow every recommendation. Certain protocols such as physical distancing may be in place for several more months to come. The World Health Organisation has warned that relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.


It is important to keep in mind that uncertainty can be is a big issue in a
relationship. Not knowing how long this corona pandemic will last for can
cause a lot of anxiety at the moment during COVID-19 isolation.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health

For more information and updates contact the health authorities in your current country