Keep­ing NT safe is what mat­ters most, writes MICHAEL GUN­NER

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

I THANK all the Territoria­ns who take the time to talk to me, whether it’s on the phone, on your doorstep, in your busi­ness or at the mar­kets.

The most com­mon thing peo­ple say to me is: “I know we need to open the bor­ders, but it needs to hap­pen safely.” I agree.

I know the even­tual open­ing of our bor­ders wor­ries a lot of Territoria­ns.

I get it. It wor­ries me too. It’s a big, scary step.

I know a lot of the con­cern comes from what is hap­pen­ing in Vic­to­ria right now.

This is why we waited four more weeks. We built in a buf­fer to be ab­so­lutely sure this tran­si­tion can be done safely.

Ev­ery tool we have in our kit will be de­ployed to keep us the safest place in Aus­tralia.

The out­breaks in Vic­to­ria are not spread through­out the state, but in cer­tain sub­urbs, among some fam­ily groups and work­places.

Ev­ery­one knows the term now – ‘hot spots’.

These are ar­eas where there has been com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion, and where the ex­perts say it’s not safe to travel to other places.

The Ter­ri­tory has stayed safe by clos­ing our bor­ders to all states. In the next step, we will stay safe by keep­ing our bor­ders closed to sub­urbs that are not safe.

From the 17th of July, if some­body has been to or trav­elled through an area that has been de­clared a hot spot, they will not be per­mit­ted free ac­cess to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

They will be re­quired to quar­an­tine for 14 days.

It is prob­a­ble that some or

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