NT Government road map to the new normal

The NT Government has announced today the three stages in which NT COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, starting tomorrow:

STAGE 1 | Effective noon Friday 1 May

  • Personal gatherings are permitted, including gatherings at home
  • There is now NO limit on the number of people that attend a wedding or funeral, as long as it is outdoors
  • Playgrounds, parks and campgrounds will be open, outside bio security areas.
  • Public swimming pools, lagoons and water parks and skate parks will be open
  • Outdoor sports are permitted where physical distancing can be maintained, including golf and tennis, as well as training outdoors.
  • Territorians will be able to go fishing, boating, and sailing is now allowed, including with others who do not live in your household
  • Real estate open house inspections and auctions will be permitted as well.

STAGE 2 | Effective noon Friday 15 May

The following will be permitted for less than 2 hours:

  • Eating in shopping centre food courts.
  • Organised outdoor training activities for sport teams without physical contact.
  • Territorians will be allowed to go to restaurants, cafes, and bars for the consumption of food – excluding gaming areas
  • Beauty therapy salons will be allowed to open for non-facial services such as nails, massage and tanning
  • Gyms and public libraries will be allowed to OPEN, as well as places used for religious worship – including indoor weddings and funerals.

STAGE 3 | Effective noon Friday 5 June

All NT businesses, services, facilities and organisations should have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan

The 2-hour time limit on Stage 2 activities will be REMOVED.

Restrictions will be eased on further indoor activities, including on team sports such as football, basketball, soccer and netball; TABs, and all licensed gaming venues; any cinema or theatre, concert hall, music hall, dance hall, nightclub or any other similar entertainment venue in approved configuration; previously restricted services at a place that provides beauty therapy, and/or cosmetic services including facial care.

All businesses, facilities and services previously restricted can now resume ensuring adherence to key principles.


Chief Minister Gunner stated that the NT’s border restrictions will be the last measure lifted. The current INTERNAL border controls under the Commonwealth Bio-security Act are due to expire on the 18 June. The decision on whether to lift those controls will be made in partnership with the Federal Government, Land Councils and communities – and based on the health advice.
The Territory’s existing border security and quarantine arrangements will not change.

Because the Territory is the safest place in the nation, we can be the first in the nation to adjust restrictions in a staged and steady process, while still keeping Territorians safe.
The success of the roadmap to the new normal depends on Territorians continuing to be the best Territorians they can be, by maintaining physical distancing and good hygiene practices.

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Roadmap to our new normal