The Gunner Government has ended all COVID-19 border controls including allowing all un-vaccinated people into the Northern Territory with no quarantining, the chief health officer Dr Hugh Heggie has said.
On Friday afternoon 4.40pm NT chief health officer Dr Hugh Heggie said in a statement that effective immediately interstate arrivals would not have to complete border entry forms. This was expanded and clarified on the Secure NT Facebook page in a post that said this meant that anybody arriving in the NT from interstate did not have to fill in a form or quarantine.
“As the Territory transitions to living with COVID it is important its resources continue to be directed where they are of most use,” he said in a statement.
“With high vaccination rates in the Territory and across the country it has become an unnecessary use of resources to require all travellers to complete a border entry form to enter the Territory.”
Before Dr Heggie’s announcement a high-level source told the NT Independent the Security and Emergency Management Sub Committee meet on Friday, and said members had agreed on the scrapping of border entry forms, and G2G isolation tracking app, the government COVID-19 staff to be removed from the airports, and the end of quarantine for the non-vaccinated.
Before the change un-vaccinated people from other jurisdictions, were not allowed in the the NT without special exemption.
Un-vaccinated returning Territorians, and others who have been given permission to come in, had to do 14 days of quarantine in a government facility.
“Because they are just as likely to catch it [COVID-19] here as they are in NSW,” the source said.
This week Hospitality NT chief executive officer Alex Bruce called on the NT Government to scrap all mandates including check-in, masks, QR codes and passports, but was met with resistance from the government.