|COVID-19 Lockdown Essential Information
Dear NT Farmers members and supporters,
As you may be aware a 72 hour lockdown has been declared for the following areas:
- City of Darwin
- City of Palmerston
- Litchfield Council
- Wagait Shire
- Belyuen Shire
- Cox Peninsula
- Municipality of Katherine including Tindal
People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons:
1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
2. For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications
3. For work that is considered essential
4. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house
5. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.
In the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence for one of the five above mentioned reasons.
Classification of Essential Worker
Unless your work is deemed essential by the government, everyone must stay at home.
According to government advice, the primary industry sector is considered to be essential:
primary industries, to the extent required to ensure adequate supply of food to and care of crops and animals;
(y) production and distribution of:
(i) food for sale by supermarkets, butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers, but not including production at an abattoir
The government has also issued an exemption to:
freight services for road, rail, sea and air, including postal and courier services
If you fall into the above categories, you are exempt from the strict lockdown requirements for work purposes. We strongly encourage you to review this listof exempt essential industries to check your lockdown requirements.
It is imperative that if you do not fall into an essential worker category that you follow all lockdown requirements. The success of this lockdown depends on every one of us, please follow all government advice and reduce social contact as much as possible.
NT Farmers are working hard to receive more information from the government about how the lockdown will affect our industry. We endeavor to ensure that the industry can function as safely and productively as possible during this time.
NT Farmers will continue to provide updates to members with relevant information and advice as the situation evolves. Be sure to check for email updates and Facebook posts by NT Farmers regarding lockdown information and how it affects our industry.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding the lockdown.
Director of Regions
Industry Development Manager
Workforce Planning Coordinator
Harvest Trail Coordinator