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27 Nov. 2020

COVID-19 CHO Directions effective 30 November

The Northern Territory Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Territorians and preventing the spread of COVID-19.  

The Chief Health Officer (the CHO) has placed requirements on the operation of businesses and organisations to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted. These requirements are specified in CHO Directions – Directions for Safety Measures for Places, Businesses, Activities, Services and Premises.  

These new CHO Directions come into effect on 30 November 2020 and require businesses and organisations to comply with, and review their COVID-19 Safety Plan every six months, appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor to implement their plan, and collect customer contact details.  

The Territory is introducing a COVID-Safe Check-In system, named The Territory Check In app, to help businesses, organisations and venues collect customer contact details to assist with contact tracing should this be required.

CHO Directions and mandatory requirements 

Under the CHO Directions, a business, organisation or community group must: 


  • Have a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which they must comply with and review every six months.
  • Make available hand sanitiser to customers unless handwashing facilities are available.
  • Display signage in areas that are open to the public and accessible to employees stating that a person should consider the following:
          o Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from a person who is not a member of the person’s family, a friend or an acquaintance (a person not known to them).
          o Keep close contact to less than 15 minutes if it isn’t possible to keep 1.5 metres away from a person not known to them.
          o Practise hand hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitiser.
          o Staying home if feeling unwell and getting tested.
          o Downloading the COVIDSafe app.
  • Appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor to facilitate the implementation of their businesses COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Collect the contact details of any person attending the premises for longer than 15 minutes.

This is effective Monday 30 November 2020.

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