[Updated June 29 2021]

At 1pm Sunday June 27 the NT Government ordered a COVID 19 pandemic response lockdown. The lockdown is now in place and on Monday was extended until at least 1pm Friday July 2. The lockdown area has been clarified and it applies to residents of the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield council areas, as well as residents of Wagait Shire, Belyuen Shire, Dundee Beach and Bynoe. The Chief Health Officer’s lockdown directions, including a full list of affected areas can be found here.

Everyone is required to stay at home and can only leave for strict essential purposes (not including fishing at this time). Fishers and campers currently away from home are permitted to return. Police checkpoints are in place.

With local infection having occurred this outbreak is being described as the most serious challenge the NT has faced since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic last year. AFANT fully supports the measures that are in place and strongly encourage everyone in the community to comply with the Chief Health Officers directions, which are law.

We have all been asked to do our part while our contact tracing teams and health care professionals do their jobs. Together, if everyone follows the rules we have a chance to keep this lockdown short. Hopefully we can keep Territorians safe and get back to enjoying great dry season fishing as soon as possible.



NT GOVERNMENT UPDATE; As at June 29, 2020

COVID-19: Lockdown restrictions in place


The COVID-19 lockdown across the Greater Darwin Area will be extended for a further 72 hours until 1pm on Friday 2 July 2021. This includes the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield Council areas, and Wagait and Belyuen Shires.

All people in Greater Darwin will be required to stay in their home or accommodation during this time. Hotel and accommodation providers will be able to stay open to support guests already onsite, people with bookings or people in need of accommodation who are already in the Greater Darwin region.

Your place of residence is where you are at now. Territorians in the lockdown areas should not travel – including out of the Territory – unless it is for one of the five reasons.

People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons. Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home:

  • To receive health care or attend medical appointments. Including to get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • To undertake shopping and get necessary goods and services. Supermarkets will stay open, so there is no need to stock up on groceries.
  • To exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home and only with members of your household or one other person.
  • To undertake essential work. If you can work from home – you must work from home.
  • In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent.

All businesses, retail outlets, hospitality venues, gyms, pools and community centres will be closed. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away and delivery services.

Although it is school holidays, schools and vacation care will be closed except for the children of essential workers. Childcare centres will open only for the children of essential workers.

In addition to this, there is a new direction on masks. For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence.

It is an offence not to comply with CHO Directions and fines will be issued for those failing to follow lockdown directions.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

A 24-hour hotline has been established to provide information about the lockdown arrangements: 1800 193 111.
For updates and more information go to:


It’s important that if you have any symptoms that you get tested for COVID-19, particularly if you have been in the Greater Darwin area since 21 June 2021.

To arrange a COVID test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested,

A 24-hour hotline has been established to provide information about the lockdown arrangements: 1800 193 111 .

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