Sydneysiders may be allowed into the Top End from early next month, with Chief Minister Michael Gunner saying he will drop the border closure from October 9 if numbers stay low.
Addressing media in Darwin, Mr Gunner said that the lowering number is Victoria were “encouraging”, but they have a long way to go before being allowed into the Northern Territory.
“Victoria will continue to be a hot spot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory,” he said.
“This morning, Dr [Hugh] Heggie advised he’s now satisfied with the progress that’s been made in Sydney to recommend a change to their hot spot status.
“There is now a sustained downward trend of new cases in Sydney over time, including seven straight days of 10 or fewer new cases. The contact tracing and containment system in New South Wales is superb. They are catching and containing the virus very quickly. It is not spreading.”
For this reason, it is understood Sydneysiders will no longer be required to undertake mandatory quarantine upon arrival into Darwin.
“The Northern Territory will plan to remove the hot spot status declaration for Greater Sydney in 28 days’ time,” Mr Gunner said.
“From Friday, October 9, arrivals from Greater Sydney will not need to undertake 14 are days of supervised quarantine.”
More to come.