Keeping NT safe is what matters most, writes MICHAEL GUNNER
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