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Norfolk Island has been declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19

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UPDATED 21/04/2020

Emergency declaration and travel ban


In recognition of Norfolk Island’s ongoing vulnerability to the risks posed by COVID-19, the declaration of emergency until 30 June 2020 has been made on the recommendation of the Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI) Controller. The travel ban will also remain in place until this date.
 
Under these arrangements, only essential travel for residents and personnel will be permitted to Norfolk Island until further notice. This will be assessed on a case by case basis by the Incident Controller and anyone returning to the island will need to self-isolate for 14 days once on island away from family and friends.
 
For further information, see www.health.gov.au or phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there any known cases of COVID-19 on Norfolk Island?

There are currently no known active cases of COVID-19 on the island.

What authority are these changes and actions being taken under?

The Administrator of Norfolk Island declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19 on the recommendation of Emergency Management Norfolk Island. The recommendation and declaration was made in accordance with the Disaster and Emergency Management Act 2001 (NI), and the Norfolk Island Disaster and Emergency Plan (NORDISPLAN) has been activated.

How long will the declaration of emergency remain in place?

The State of Emergency and associated travel ban will be in place until 30 June 2020.
There is provision under the legislation to allow for an extension of the State of Emergency, or to revoke the declaration. The COVID-19 situation will continue to be monitored closely.

Why has this decision been made?

The decision has been made to protect the Norfolk Island community through a number of measures including a travel ban. Norfolk Island’s community is much older on average than the population of mainland Australia, with a high percentage of the population in the elderly demographic. Persons over 60 years of age, particularly the elderly, are at most risk of serious illness from the virus, together with the immunosuppressed and those with chronic health conditions.

What are the requirements of the current travel ban?

Only residents and essential personnel will be permitted to travel to Norfolk Island during the travel ban, and anyone returning to the island will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Should you wish to be considered as essential personnel, contact the Incident Controller on +6723 22222.
Medical evacuation flights are exempt from travel restrictions.

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:
 Fever
 Sore throat
 Cough
 Fatigue
 Difficulty breathing
While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying these symptoms are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

What do I do if I get sick?

If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and/or shortness of breath) following your return to Norfolk Island, you should make a telephone call to Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) for an urgent assessment over the telephone. A doctor or nurse will advise you of next steps. Follow their instructions. DO NOT present to the GP clinic.

Where can I get further information?

Contact the Norfolk Island Police  Phone: +6723 22222 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au

Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI) Facebook Page

Norfolk Island Police Facebook Page

Norfolk Island Regional Council Website