Travellers from Greater Brisbane who went into quarantine in the Top End are leaving isolation while only some who landed in Tasmania are free to go.
Tasmania followed suit, but is only allowing those who entered the state prior to 9am on Friday to leave isolation.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the people were able to exit quarantine in Howard Springs and Alice Springs because there was no community transmission of coronavirus recorded during Brisbane’s three-day lockdown.
“This is the key reason we can remove the hotspot status,” he told reporters on Monday afternoon.
“But the precautions that Queenslanders will be taking for the next 10 days with masks also gives us extra confidence.
“We’ve always been clear that we do not hesitate to add new hot spots … when the evidence shows us that the risk is removed, we act.”
Camera IconChief health officer Hugh Heggie apologised to people placed in hotel quarantine. Credit: News Corp Australia, Che Chorley
Chief health officer Hugh Heggie apologised to the people who travelled to the Territory and were placed into quarantine.
“They can continue on to go home or on their travels,” he said.