The Northern Territory has begun the wind down of restrictions with life slowly returning to normal, giving renewed hope for event businesses in the Top End.
The NT has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 for more than three weeks, prompting Chief Minister Michael Gunner to announce a timetable for the “road to recovery”.
“Today we make our first steps on the road to recovery, because we are the safest place in Australia, we can do this before the rest of Australia,” Gunner said.
“The whole idea is get to as close to normal without putting you at risk and without putting some of Australia’s vulnerable at risk.
“This new normal will be with us for a while.”
Outdoor weddings and funerals will now be able to have unlimited attendees, while playgrounds, parks and reserves will also be reopened, under social distancing rules of 1.5 metres.
From May 15, restaurants and cafes will reopen to the public along with gyms and public libraries.
On June 5, the Government will ease its restrictions on indoor activities, such as nightclubs and team sports.
Businesses wanting to open on May 15, will have complete a Covid-19 safety plan checklist to ensure they are operating within physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, with environmental health officers checking to make sure the plans are being followed.
The NT’s borders will remain closed for the time being though.
“Opening the borders will happen dead last, I do not want the second wave to come,” Gunner said.
“Yes we are safe but we are not immune.”