Sunday Territorian 21 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA POLICE handed out a further 10 infringements in Katherine on Friday night, after Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker warned authorities would come down hard on frequent flyers. It follows six people being fined more than $5000 each on Friday for breaching lockdown. In Saturdays press conference, Mr Chalker (inset) said the issues ranged from leaving the lockdown area, being outside without any of the five reasons be outside, not wearing masks and congregating. Lets face it, your police force is working very, very hard to try and limit the movement around the place, to try and support Pinjari, supporting the RAAF teams, theres a lot of work going on, he said. So please dont be a distraction, weve got just too much on our plate without having to deal with that sort of stuff. It comes after six people were fined more than $5000 each for breaching lockdown in the Katherine area. More than half of the cases were due to intoxicated people causing disturbances at other peoples houses, Northern Territory Police said. The other breaches were people leaving their house without a valid reason or failing to wear a mask. In another case, police picked up a man who was just driving around aimlessly to look at the scenery, Superintendent Peter Dash said. He said most of the residents in locked-down areas were doing the right thing, but a small few were ruining it for the rest of them. Police have been mainly taking an educational approach. More fines issued in Katherine PHILLIPPA BUTT Free in the NT protesters. Picture: Amanda Parkinson of you who are involved in any action: please do not be a distraction to my officers, he said. Despite the warning several mounted, uniformed, plain clothes and riot police were on standby. The crowd was well behaved, with a police spokesman later confirming there were no arrests. PROTESTERS took a leisurely afternoon stroll down Mitchell St to voice dissent at Chief Minister Michael Gunners vaccination mandate. Putting it to the vote, protesters opted to walk along the footpath from the Daly St end of the Esplanade to Civil Square. They complied with police requests to not walk on the road and instead stuck to the public footpaths. Earlier this week, NT Police chief Jamie Chalker issued a strong warning to protesters to not waste police resources during the current Covid-19 outbreak. To any of you who have been involved in protests, any AMANDA PARKINSON A CIVIL STROLL DOWN MITCHELL ST Isolation to end before Christmas TRAVEL into the Northern Territory will be overhauled from Monday, with a reliance on rapid antigen testing, a new traffic light system and home quarantine for Darwin and Alice Springs. Hailing the success of the home quarantine trial, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said arrivals from interstate and overseas Covid-19 hotspots would be able to quarantine for only seven days. Participants will be tested at regular intervals before, during and after quarantine, with housemates not needing to be tested unless symptomatic. Home quarantine will be available in Greater Darwin and Alice Springs at first, with participants required to be fully vaccinated, have adequate 4G mobile reception and use the Good2Go app. A traffic light system will replace the existing hotspot system. Bringing forward dates for the abolition of travel quarantine, Mr Gunner also effectively slammed the Territorys door shut on the unvaccinated. If youre eligible to be vaccinated, and you are not fully vaccinated, you are no longer welcome in the Territory, no matter where you are coming from, he said. The changes to the home quarantine system follow a 40day trial that the Chief Minister said had gone well. It has reinforced for us that while these people are coming from high-risk areas, because they are fully vaccinated (and having) regular tests, the risk can be well managed and the risk after the first week is negligible, Mr Gunner said. Covid testing is our best weapon the defence and Terri tory pilot program has taught us, so long as arrivals from red zones are fully vaccinated, get tested before they come here and get tested again after they arrived here, the risk of spread in the Territory is very low. From Monday, rapid antigen testing will be set up at all major Territory airports. Travellers in home isolation will also be tested on day five, eight and 14 after arrival. Home quarantine would then be abolished on December 20, with rapid antigen testing to screen arrivals. There will still be a testing regimen in place for random red zones, but home quarantine will end a month ahead of the plan and five days before Christmas, Mr Gunner said. Parap resident Kate Nichols said the changes to quarantine gave her enough confidence to immediately book flights to visit her family in Sydney. I didnt think I could go home for Christmas but since the rules have changed, now I can, Ms Nichols said. Its a great surprise. It will be great to be able to see friends and family and have a swim at the beach. AMSANT chief executive John Paterson said he was mostly in support of the move to home quarantine but was concerned about the ultimate scrapping on December 20. We really need our communities to be at least 80 per cent double vaccinated, preferably 90 per cent, before we open the borders, Mr Paterson said. Some of our most vulnerable people will still be at risk even with two vaccinations as we have seen this week. 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