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Groote Archipelago Travel Restrictions
As of 11:59pm on Thursday 26 March 2020, the Groote Archipelago has been declared a 'Designated Area' under the Biosecurity Act (Biosecurity Determination).
From the 27 March 2020 Media Release:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading in Australia, the virus makes people sick. It can be dangerous, especially for our Elders or people who are already unwell.
The ALC’s number one priority is to save lives by not letting coronavirus reach the Groote Archipelago. The ALC is working closely with GEMCO to achieve that.
Travelling to other towns and cities could increase the chance of you and your family getting sick.
Home is Safe. Fortress Groote.
The Australian Government is restricting movement of people into remote communities, including the Groote Archipelago.
From 11:59pm Thursday 26 March 2020, anyone wishing to enter the Groote Archipelago will need to self-isolate for 14 days. There will be exceptions to this requirement for essential service providers. This requirement expires on 18 June 2020, but may be extended if considered necessary.
On top of this measure, the ALC has asked GEMCO to participate in a two-week cessation of travel to and from the Groote Archipelago. This means no one will be able to come in or out of the Groote Archipelago between COB 31 March 2020 and 14 April 2020. Rare exceptions may be made in the case of emergencies, such as Careflight or Police Airwing.
After 14 April 2020, anyone coming to the Groote Archipelago must apply for a permit from the ALC.
Permits will only be given to persons who:
(a) Have undertaken a 14-day isolation period on-island or off-island or satisfied a medical test that they do not have coronavirus;
(b) Have not showed any symptoms of the coronavirus;
(c) Have not been exposed to any coronavirus potential, or any person with one or more signs or symptoms of the coronavirus.
As the situation is still evolving, we encourage you to check in regularly, and follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest information on Coronavirus and how it is affecting the Groote Archipelago.
You can Apply Now for your Groote Archipelago & Community Access Permit.
Please see attached media release, statement from the ALC Chairperson, and COVID-19 ALC Management Plan for full details.