Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Home quarantine will be introduced for fully vaccinated domestic travelers arriving in the Northern Territory from November 23, says Chief Minister Michael Gunner.

The new rules will allow COVID hotspot arrivals to be quarantined for 14 days on a residence instead of on a monitored facility like Howard Springs.

Currently, arrivals from COVID hotspots are subject to a $ 2,500 fee for a 14-day mandatory supervised quarantine.

Arrivals will only be eligible for home quarantine if they undertake their quarantine period with local authorities with a double vaccination rate above 80 percent.

At a press conference this morning, Mr Gunner said that home quarantine would be available for arrivals who:

  • is fully vaccinated
  • has provided evidence of a negative PCR test less than 48 hours before entering the NT
  • agrees to undergo tests on days 1, 3, 5, 7, 12 and 17
  • stay in a house, unit or apartment, hotel or Airbnb
  • do not have visits during the quarantine period
  • use the Good To Go monitoring app
  • has 4G mobile phone coverage
  • has access to health services and COVID-19 test clinics
  • living in an area with police presence

Gunner said a pilot program with about 100 people would begin in Darwin on Tuesday.

He said it would help the government “stress test our systems and shut down our processes” before home quarantine became widely available.

“Those participating in the home quarantine pilot will be subject to the strictest test and compliance conditions in the country,” Mr Gunner said.

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