COVID-19 Advice for Norfolk Island

Please note that the advice on this page will be reviewed and updated regularly by the Emergency Management Team (EMT). Last updated on Friday 7 May 2021.
To stay up to date with COVID-19 information for Norfolk Island, visit this page regularly and/or follow the Emergency Management Norfolk Island Facebook page.

State of Emergency

Due to the threat posed by COVID-19, a State of Emergency remains in force on Norfolk Island until 30 June 2021, or until revoked.
The Norfolk Island COVID-19 Recovery Operations Plan will remain in place during the state of emergency.

Travelling to Norfolk Island
All visitors and travellers to Norfolk Island MUST apply for a NORFOLK ISLAND TRAVEL PASS.
You will find more information about travelling and applying for the Travel Pass here.

Updated Thursday 6 May 2021

Renewed emphasis on reducing the potential for Coronavirus spread following the NSW cases.
 
NSW has introduced new restrictions to reduce the potential for spreading coronavirus. The restrictions have been put in place from 6pm this evening whilst they assess the extent of the latest community transmission.
 
Locally it has been decided that people from 6pm (Norfolk Island time) whilst travelling on buses will be required to wear masks. Elsewhere in café’s, restaurants, and other enclosed spaces there should be renewed adherence to hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing and the filling in of customer contact registers.
 
The requirement for mask wearing elsewhere and the need for other restrictions will be reviewed in light of what happens in NSW over the next few days.
 
EMT will continue to monitor the situation.

Requirement for travellers to the island to check that they have not been at a listed Public exposure site before travelling to the island.
 
Following the identification of a community transmission case in NSW yesterday an updated list of public exposure sites has been issued. The list includes Hudson’s Coffee stand and the Male toilet adjacent to gate 79 at the Brisbane International Airport Terminal on 29 April. People who were at these locations at the relevant time must self-isolate and get tested.
 
Other exposure venues are listed in NSW and require immediate quarantine at home and testing.
 
The list of exposure sites can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing
 
Travellers to the island are required to ensure that they have not been to the exposure sites at the relevant time. If they have, they should not travel to the island. If they are already on the island they should isolate at home or their accommodation and contact NIHRACS.

Please read more information here.

Updated Thursday 22 April 2021

Pandemic Management Structure on Norfolk Island.
 
The management of the COVID-19 pandemic is being undertaken under the Disaster and Emergency Management Act 2001(Norfolk Island)
 
The IMT that was established for the operational management of our current declared emergency, is led by the Incident Controller who is the OIC Police (Sergeant Glenn Elder or his delegate). The IMT is responsible for the operational management of the pandemic emergency. It has representation from NIRC (Bruce Taylor), NIHRACS (Kath Bowman or her delegate) with Hayley Evans as the Welfare Functional Service Co-Ordinator (FSC). The DITRDC is represented by Fleur Keast.
 
The legislation and NORDISPLAN prepared under the legislation provide a flexible and adaptable structure that can respond to any event regardless of the cause. Whilst EMNIC is a permanent statutory appointed body both EMT and IMT are temporary structures established to handle an emergency. In this case it is the COVID-19 pandemic. It has proven to be a highly effective structure in which local decision-making has been able to work co-operatively with Commonwealth and State agencies in the management of both the initial disaster and the current recovery stage.
 
We are now considering how to transition out of the pandemic and will provide further updates to the community as this progresses.
 
For any questions about the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island, please visit the Norfolk Island Regional Council website: http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-island in the first instance or contact Detective Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

Please read more information here.

Updated Thursday 1 April 2021

Lifting of Greater Brisbane lockdown and end of local self-isolation requirements.
 
The Queensland Government has lifted the lockdown requirements for the Greater Brisbane area from 12:00 midday today (AEST). Local self-isolation requirements are removed from 2:00pm (Norfolk Island time) for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane area since March 20th.. Anyone who is in self-isolation associated with NIHRACS requirements must continue to abide by their direction.

Please read more information here.

Updated Tuesday 30 March 2021

Updated - 7:30am Tuesday 30 March
A further note to the visitors and travellers that are due to travel back to Brisbane on today's flight, today Tuesday 30 March - all passengers are cleared to leave, however, the wearing of masks is now mandatory for all travellers entering the Airport carpark and buildings.

If you need any assistance with regards to being placed in isolation over the next few days, kindly contact Hayley Evans on 52777.

Updated Monday 29 March 2021

Updated - 9:30PM Monday 29 March 2021; Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown and changed local requirements for self-isolation.
 
Following from the release of the details associated with the Queensland Government 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area the following requirements are in effect on Norfolk Island.
Anyone who is on the island and has been in the Greater Brisbane area (City of Brisbane; City of Ipswich; Logan City; Moreton Bay Region or Redland City) since March 20th are required to self-isolate at their home or accommodation until 7pm on Thursday April 1st (Norfolk Island time). The need for further isolation will be assessed by NIHRACS. Note that this is a change from the requirements released earlier today; Monday 29 March 2021.

  • Anyone who has symptoms should ring NIHRACS and book to have a test. Tests are conducted on a drive through basis between 2 and 3pm each day.
  • Travellers to the island should monitor the NSW and Queensland Government websites for close contact venues and if they have visited the venues at the times listed must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

 EMT will continue to monitor the situation.

Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown and travel to Norfolk Island
 
The Queensland Government has announced this morning that it will be placing the Greater Brisbane into a three-day lockdown from 5pm today March 29th. This is a result of further community transmission. It is to be reviewed on Wednesday.
 In respect to travel to the island, people from the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan are prevented from leaving their homes. Leaving to go on holiday is not a reason that is permitted. This is a Queensland Government Health requirement and means that anyone from these areas cannot travel to the island during the lockdown period.
 Anyone who arrives on the island from the Greater Brisbane area from today (March 29th) will be required to self-isolate at home until released by NIHRACS. This includes residents returning who have been in the Greater Brisbane lockdown area.
 These restrictions only apply to Greater Brisbane and people coming to the island from other parts of Queensland can travel as normal. They do need to check the requirements associated with travelling through the Greater Brisbane area to the airport. Transit through the Brisbane airport from other States and Territories does not appear to be affected by the lockdown.
 Anyone with even mild symptoms should contact NIHRACS and get tested immediately.
 This measure by the Queensland Government is a precautionary measure and people from the Greater Brisbane area who are already on the island are not a risk to the community and do not need to isolate. When they return to Brisbane they will be required to go into lockdown until the Queensland Government removes the restriction.
 EMT will continue to monitor the situation.

Please read more information here.

Updated Sunday 28 March 2021
Brisbane COVID alert close and casual contact requirements.
 

Following the recent finding of a cases in Brisbane the Queensland Government has issued requirements for close contacts listed at Contact tracing — coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au) . Anyone who has travelled to the island from Brisbane since March 20th should check the Queensland Health contract tracing website.
 
Close contacts are required to quarantine at home immediately for 14 days and complete the Queensland contact tracing self-assessment. They will be contacted by Queensland Health for testing. Casual contacts are required to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. People who have visited the listed low risk sites are required to monitor for symptoms.
 
If you have been to the close, casual or low risk sites at the times listed by the Queensland Government you should not travel to the island. If you are already on the island, you must contact NIHRACS.

Please read more information here.

Updated Monday 15  March 2021
NSW COVID-19 case locations and local requirements.
 

The NSW Government has released an updated list of case locations and instructions associated with the recent quarantine hotel case. These can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates. Currently the main concern is with anyone who has visited “Pancake on the Rocks” on Saturday 13 March. Anyone who has visited the location is regarded as a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. Anyone who has visited a further five listed locations in Bexley North, Haymarket and Hurstville need to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately and self-isolate if symptoms occur.
 Anyone who has travelled to the island from Sydney since Saturday should check the NSW website.
 
If you have been at any of the close contact locations and have travelled to the island you are required to contact NIHRACS, get tested and self-isolate until directed by NIHRACS.
Please read more information here.

Updated Tuesday 14 March 2021
Brisbane Princes Alexandra Hospital Contact tracing Alert -local requirements.
 
Following a positive case at the Princes Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane the Queensland Government has issued a contact tracing alert associated with close contact locations. People who have been at any of the listed locations have been asked to immediately home quarantine for fourteen days (from March 11). The list of locations can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid....
 If you have been at any of the close contact locations and have travelled to the island you are required to contact NIHRACS, get tested and self-isolate until directed by NIHRACS.
 Anyone who has travelled to the island from one of the low-risk locations is required to monitor their health and immediately contact NIHRACS and get tested if they get any COVID-19 symptoms.
Please read more information here.

Updated Friday 12 March 2021

Lifting of Auckland hotspot and resumption of Green Zone flights from New Zealand.
 
Following from the Commonwealth announcement that the declaration of the Auckland hotspot is to be lifted Green Zone flights from New Zealand to Australia can resume from 11:59 pm AEDT Thursday, March 11, 2021. EMT has also decided today to remove Auckland as a hot spot. This means that there will be no local restrictions apply to travellers from New Zealand to the island. Other jurisdictions may have restrictions in place and any travellers to the island need to check the requirements of any State or Territory that they may be travelling through.

Please read more information here.

 

Safety & Social Distancing Requirements
Find out more at our COVID-19 Safety and Social Distancing Requirements page or our in our latest media releases.

Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Norfolk Island
The Emergency Management Team (EMT) and Incident Management Team (IMT) were established by the Emergency Management Committee (EMNIC) to manage the State of Emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. They were established under the island’s disaster management plan (NORDISPLAN).
 
The EMT is chaired by the Emergency Controller and is responsible for strategic operational decisions. It has appointed representatives who provide advice from NIHRACS, business, welfare, the community, NIRC and the Office of the Administrator. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) is an observer.
 
The IMT is responsible for operational management of the pandemic and is led by the Incident Controller who for the pandemic is the OIC of Police. It is set up in functional areas covering medical (NIHRACS), welfare, planning & logistics, and operations.

Contacts

General enquiries: Incident Controller - Detective Sergeant Glenn Elder +6723 22222
IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au
Welfare enquiries (mental health/ financial support): Welfare Officer - Hayley Evans +6723 0100 or +6723 52777
hayley.evans [at] nirc.gov.nf

Health enquiries: Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) +6723 22091

 
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