27 March 2020
Coronavirus Update - Groote Travel Restrictions
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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).

Information from the 27 March 2020 Media Release:

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.
The ALC has released the attached COVID-19 Management Plan that outlines these measures in detail.

Read the full Media Release, Statement from the ALC Chairman, and the COVID-19 ALC Management Plan attached below.

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