It could be another year and half before Victorians and Sydneysiders are allowed back into the Northern Territory, with the state revealing the borders are set to stay shut.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner has this morning spoken to the ABC, indicating their strict border controls will likely be in place for at least the next 18 months.
Currently, the border measures mean that Victorians and Sydneysiders aren’t welcome within the state, or will at least have to complete a two week quarantine.
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But Minister Gunner says we’re much more likely to add spots than remove them.
“We have got an indefinite ban on Victoria, and Sydney keeps bubbling away to a point to I can’t give you a date where that would ever lift,” Minister Gunner told ABC.
“My advice to every Territorian, if you can, stay here in the Territory. You’re safe here, don’t go. If you can, cancel your Christmas holiday plans, stay here in the Northern Territory.
“We’re working towards at least an 18-month window from today, towards the end of next year, is how we’re starting to resource our borders.
“We’re recruiting extra police, making sure we’re keeping those hard border controls in place. Recruiting extra health officials, making sure we can monitor arrivals at the airport.
“We’re working towards an 18-month window from here. That’s conservative, probably,” he said.
The Northern Territory says currently anyone from Western Australia is allowed into the state, but they won’t hesitate to change that if community transmission cases start popping up.
They’ll be boosting police at the borders, to ensure the territory remains free from coronavirus.
“We’ve shown already, if you lie to us, we’ll arrest you.
“We’ve already done that now on a number of occasions, people tried to dodge the system and they’ve been caught.
“You face up to three years in jail if you lie to us about coming into the Northern Territory and you’ve come from a hot spot,” Minister Gunner told the ABC.
Talking for the Territory this morning on ABC, explaining our hard borders policy: it’s Territory First.