Norfolk Island Covid Rules
The response escalation matrix is available on the NIRC website in www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/emni-media-releases-2021. Since the virus is present in the community and New Year`s celebrations are taking place tomorrow, event organizers are strongly advised to postpone events with large groups indoors or outdoors. All events that take place must respect social distancing requirements (indoor mask wearing, density limits, 1.5m spacing, keeping records of people, etc.). The police will enforce these requirements. Anyone on the island who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact NIHRACS. For those who are not vaccinated on the island and want to do so, you should also contact NIHRACS. The EMT will meet daily and provide updated information to the community as it becomes available. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island, please visit the Norfolk Island Regional Council website: www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-island primarily or contact Sergeant Mark Watson, LMI Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222. You can also contact the wellness coordinator at 52777. 17:00 30 December 2021 EMT Anyone on the island who is not feeling well should contact NIHRACS on 22091 to schedule a telephone consultation.
Do not go directly to the hospital except in case of emergency, please do it as usual via the ambulance system. The hospital remains open and operational for all emergencies. Incident Monitor: Sergeant John Giles, Email IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au, Phone +672 3 22222NIHRACS: Phone +672 3 22091 for all health-related inquiriesNIRC website: www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-islandEMNI Facebook: @emergencymanagementnorfolkisland 15:30 April 11, 2022 EMT If you have questions about the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island, please visit the Norfolk Island Regional Council website: www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-island primarily or contact Sergeant Mark Watson, LMI Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222. You can also contact the social assistance coordinator at 52777. The end date of the state of emergency under the Disaster and Emergency Management Act 2001 (NI) is 31 March 2022. EMT anticipates that legislative changes have recently been made that could impact the management of COVID-19 on the island. The EMT is seeking clarification on the implications of these changes and will be better able to advise the community on what will happen in the future as more information becomes available. There is still information on the requirements for travel to Norfolk Island. This information is available on the Council`s website under link www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-island.
All travel-related inquiries should be directed to the Incident Controller. The most important contact persons can be found at the end of this press release. Number of cases updated as of March 17, 2022 The following statistics are as of midnight on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. If you are not feeling well on the island and require medical assistance, please contact Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) +6723 24134In case of emergency on Norfolk Island, please call 000. COVIDiving with COVID and Things to Consider When Traveling to the Island Norfolk Island, like the rest of the country, is now living with COVID-19 and most local restrictions have been lifted. However, to reduce the risk of bringing the virus to Norfolk Island, it is highly recommended that you take a rapid antigen test (RAT) for COVID-19 within 48 hours of your trip to the island. Postpone travel to the island if you test positive for COVID-19. It is also recommended to do another RAT within 24 hours of your arrival. The island has very limited sanitary facilities compared to the mainland. If you are elderly, unvaccinated or with a comorbidity and contract COVID-19, you put additional pressure on these facilities. It is mandatory to report a positive COVID result (PCR or RAT) to Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) at 22091.
If you need to self-isolate on the island due to COVID, you will do so at your own expense. Accommodation providers on the island are required to provide you with telephone access in your room, and NIHRACS has created information guides explaining the requirements for self-isolation/quarantine on the island and supplies, health care and garbage. This includes how to get food and meals, access to phone and internet credits while self-isolating, and other useful information. This information is provided to you by your hosting provider if you do not have access to the emails. If you need to extend your stay on the island due to self-isolation and are unable to extend your current accommodation, your accommodation provider will endeavour to find alternative accommodation. It is your responsibility to change your travel plans with your booking agent or tour manager so that you can return home. Your extended accommodation costs and the costs associated with the amended travel plans are your responsibility and it is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance to cover this. ENNI no longer offers COVID-19-related social assistance on the island, and if you need to self-isolate, it is your duty to meet NIHRACS` self-isolation requirements. If you are a visitor to the island, your accommodation provider will ensure that you have access to a phone and that you have the option to contact the mainland. However, this can be done at your own expense. Island businesses may have their own requirements to protect themselves and their employees from the spread of COVID. This may include the requirement to provide proof of negative RTW before being admitted to their accommodation, or the requirement to wear masks on their premises or on their buses.
UPDATE – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022PRESS RELEASEContvacated travellers – Self-isolation requirement lifted for residents and key workers EMT has lifted the requirement for unvaccinated residents and essential workers travelling to the island to self-isolate. However, unvaccinated visitors must self-isolate for seven (7) days upon arrival on the island. Unvaccinated travellers are encouraged to take a TAR within 48 hours of departure for the island and a second one within 24 hours of arrival. If the second RAT tests positive, travelers should immediately self-isolate and contact NIHRACS at 22091. This will apply from February 26. Number of cases updated as of February 23, 2022 The following statistics are as of midnight on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Importance of COVID-safe behaviours and practices when reopening Starting next week, we will welcome visitors from continental regions where COVID-19 is constantly transmitted. Measures have been taken regarding entry to the island to reduce the likelihood of the virus coming to the island, but it will eventually arrive here and we will rely on COVID-safe behaviour to ensure its local spread is minimized and traceable.