Date: 16 September 2020
Recognising COVID-19 remains a significant threat to the remote and vulnerable Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) communities, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Honourable Nola Marino MP, has agreed to extend the declared states of emergency in Christmas Island (CI) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI), up until 17 December 2020, in line with the national state of emergency.
The emergency declaration extensions will continue to support the Western Australian – IOT travel zone and the ongoing movement of travellers to the IOT in a safe and controlled way. The border restrictions are being regularly considered by the IOT Emergency Management COVID-19 sub-committee in line with national protocols and evidence-based medical advice.
The Australian Government understands the significant impacts COVID-19 has had on IOT communities and the economy. As the IOT continues on its pathway to recovery, the Government will continue to support local businesses, families and communities through assistance programs and tailored stimulus.
As at 16 September 2020, there were no known cases of COVID-19 in the IOT.
I thank the Territory Controllers, Detective Sergeant Kylie Lawson on CI, and Sergeant David Williams on CKI, supported by the Emergency Management Committees, for keeping our IOT communities COVIDSafe in our ongoing response.
IOT residents should continue to follow Australian Government and local advice, including on travel restrictions, health, hygiene, physical distancing and self-isolation.
Thank you for your support and willingness to abide by the measures to keep our communities and families safe over the coming months.
Mrs Natasha Griggs
Administrator of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands