The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is working to update the COVID public health directions for Norfolk Island, following changes to national protocols.
National Cabinet announced the COVID-19 isolation requirements will change from 9 September 2022, reducing the isolation period for COVID-19 positive cases from seven days to five days, providing people have no symptoms. Workers in a healthcare setting must still isolate for seven days.
Mandatory mask-wearing on aircraft is also coming to an end.
The public health directions which apply on Norfolk Island in relation to mask-wearing on aircraft and at the airport, along with COVID isolation periods, will be changed to bring the island into line with the broader settings across Australia.
It is anticipated these changes will come into effect in the coming week. The community will be informed once this occurs, with updated advice being provided to positive cases by NIHRACS as required. Until then, please follow existing directions and requirements.
Please refer to the NIHRACS website or Facebook page for regular updates on COVID-19 case numbers, public health advice and vaccination programs.
Continue to maintain a safe distance from others, practise good hand hygiene, wear a mask in public places, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if sick and get tested if you develop symptoms.