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NT mask rules: Where do I need to wear a mask? (June 2022)

Posted: 2 June 2022 2:00 pm

Find out everything you need to know about the Northern Territory's mask rules and the regulations on using rapid antigen tests (RATs).

While the Northern Territory has been one of the less-affected areas of Australia throughout the pandemic, the long reach of the Omicron variant has managed to extend into the territory. This has necessitated continuing face mask rules and regulations regarding the use of RAT kits.

We've assembled this guide to the restrictions on protective face masks and RATs in NT. Should you need to buy either of these items, we have guides on how to purchase N95 masks and rapid antigen tests in the territory.

NT mask rules

You must wear a face mask in the Northern Territory if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Aged care facilities
  • Disability residential facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters
  • At all airports and while onboard aircraft

You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical illness, mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

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Different types of masks

Of the 3 main types of protective face masks, surgical masks and cloth masks are no longer favoured by experts. Surgical masks are single-use and are often bought in bulk quantities while cloth masks can be washed, reused and can even be made DIY.

Most experts now believe that N95, KN95 and P2 masks are far better options to protect yourself and your community from the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. All 3 mask styles are similar, forming a tight seal and filtering out 94–95% of particles.

RAT rules in NT

The Northern Territory utilises rapid antigen testing more extensively any other area in Australia. PCR testing is only required if clinically necessary or otherwise directed by an authorised officer. If you test positive on a RAT, you must immediately declare your result via this form. Submitting this form will trigger an email letting you know the next steps you need to take.

If you test positive, you can leave isolation at 12 noon 7 days after your test, provided you have no symptoms. If you still have symptoms, you cannot leave isolation until your symptoms are gone or you have received a medical certificate asserting that you are no longer infectious.

For 7 days after leaving isolation, you must:

  • Wear a mask when outside of your home

  • Wear a mask when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from someone you do not reside with

  • Not enter a high-risk facility

Buy RATs in the NT

All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

How to use a RAT kit

Unsure as to how rapid antigen tests work or need a reminder? NSW Health has produced this helpful generic video. Remember that instructions vary from brand to brand.

Check out our guide to oral vs nasal RAT kits and our guide to mask rules throughout Australia.

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