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Lockdowns and outbreaks - Northern Territory

Updated on 28 January 2022, at 14:20 AET


Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna are in a lockout until 3pm, Sunday 30 January 2022.

People cannot enter or exit:

  • Amoonguna until 2pm Sunday 30 January 2022
  • Yuelamu and Yuendumu until 3pm Sunday 30 January 2022

Fully vaccinated people can live normally in a lockout area. Mandatory mask use remains in place.

Unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over, including people who’ve received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home during a lockout period and are only allowed to leave for the following reasons:

  • medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  • for essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  • for 1 hour of exercise while wearing a mask
  • to provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves

You can’t travel more than 30km from your home when leaving for a permitted reason. If you need to go to the hospital and it’s more than 30km from your home, that’s permitted.

Businesses and organisations must ensure employees, customers, visitors and participants are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people may access essential services only, including supermarkets, hospitals or to get takeaway food.


From 2pm Friday 28 January 2022, Ampilatwatja will enter a 48 hour lockdown.

Gunyangara (Ski Beach) in East Arnhem , Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands and Utopia in the Barkly region are in lockdown until 2pm, Saturday 29 January 2022. People who have left any of these communities within the last 7 days must take a RAT test. If you are still in the community, please follow local Health advice.

Lockdown continues for Galiwin’ku until 2pm, Monday 31 January 2022.

Milikapiti entered a lockdown from 3pm Monday 24 January 2022 for at least 72 hours. Anyone who has been in Milikapiti in the last 7 days and left the area must take a RAT test, unless they have already returned a negative test since exiting.

People cannot enter or exit:

  • Utopia Homelands, Gunyangara and Wurrumiyanga until 2pm Saturday 29 January 2022
  • Elcho Island, including Galiwinku and Wessel Islands including Martjanba until 2pm Monday 31 January 2022

Lockdowns apply to everyone, whether or not they are vaccinated.

People can only leave home to:

  • receive medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  • obtain essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications — only one household member once per day
  • do 1 hour of outdoor exercise per day, with one other person or people from your household — masks are required while exercising
  • provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves, or in case of an emergency

Essential workers who are fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.

For more information, visit

Mandatory face mask rules apply across the Northern Territory, see Face masks — Northern Territory in the Restriction Checker.

Anyone caught breaching these directions, including not wearing a face mask, faces a $5,000 fine.

Case locations and areas of concern

To check exposure sites in the Northern Territory, visit

If you have been to a public exposure site at the relevant dates and times listed on the Northern Territory Government website, you must do the following:

  • immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and self-quarantine
  • call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and tell the call handler you're a close contact

For more information on what close and casual contacts need to do, go to Click on ‘Public exposure sites’.

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