The Northern Territory government has introduced a mandatory face mask rule for indoor settings when you can’t maintain a distance of 1.5 metres away from other people.

These indoor settings include pubs, clubs, restaurants, shopping centres, hairdressers, workplaces, public transport, taxi cabs, rideshare and indoor boat cruises.

Masks are not required to be worn in private residences or while exercising. Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask. It is highly recommended that everyone wears a mask when outdoors, particularly at any large public outdoor events. Children under the age of two years should not wear a mask. It is up to individuals to decide if children over two years of age wear a face mask.

It is also mandatory for face masks to be worn at all NT airports, while onboard an aircraft, and when on the airfield. Mask wearing is mandatory at the following Northern Territory airports:

  • Darwin International Airport

  • Alice Springs Airport

  • Connellan Airport - Ayers Rock (Yulara)

  • Gove Airport

  • Groote Eylandt

A person is not required to wear a mask during an emergency or while doing any of the following:

  • Consuming food or beverage

  • Communicating with a person who is hearing impaired

  • Wearing an oxygen mask

It is the responsibility of individuals to make sure they have a mask to wear when at major NT airports and while on board an aircraft.

For the latest COVID-19 updates in the Northern Territory, head over to the official COVID-safe government website here.


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