NT mask rules: Where do I need to wear a mask? (November 2022)
Find out everything you need to know about the Northern Territory's mask rules and the regulations on using rapid antigen tests (RATs).Edit product set
The Northern Territory is set to experience a surge in COVID cases as new Omicron subvariants take hold throughout Australia.
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:
- When visiting NT Health hospitals and health care facilities
Wearing a mask in the Northern Territory is recommended in the following settings:
- In indoor and outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible
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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
If you test positive on a RAT, you should declare your result via this form.
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- Buy 1, get 1 Free
- Ships nationwide
- Fast Results in 15 Minutes & ARTG approved
- Free shipping over $100
- Accurate detection with high sensitivity and specificity
- Convenient self-testing
- Reliable and fast results in 15 minutes
- Free shipping over $140
- Offers Afterpay
- Accepts Apple Pay
- Accepts PayPal
- TGA approved
- Very high sensitivity: sensitivity of 95.1%; specificity of 100%
- Convenient at-home self-testing kit
- Results in 15 – 20 mins
- Easy to use and easy to read results
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.