Minister Moss update Re: COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions in The Northern Territory

To our creative industries sector,

Yesterday, the Chief Minister outlined the first steps on the road to recovery, setting out a staged process for Territorians to get back to what will be a ‘new normal’.

We are the first jurisdiction in Australia to move towards recovery, with some restrictions starting to be relaxed from today.  However, it is important to note that physical distancing rules remain in place.  That means we still need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from people we don’t live with.

I would like to commend the Creative Industries Sector for the way in which you have adapted and innovated during this time, with many practitioners moving from a traditionally visual and participatory practice to an online model.

The Northern Territory Government is delivering a three-stage process towards easing restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 – these will be very relevant to the sector and I encourage you to get across the available information to understand what they mean for you.

In short:

Stage 1 – 1 May 2020 – Applies to simple and safe outdoor activities where physical distancing can be maintained at all times

Stage 2 – 15 May 2020 – Activities included must be undertaken in less than two hours, and a COVID-19 Safety Plan must be completed and submitted prior to opening

Stage 3 – 5 June 2020 – Prior to resuming operation, all businesses and organisations must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The two hour time limit will be removed and restrictions will be eased further.

** Major events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist will be available from 5 May 2020 – further details on what this looks like will be available soon.

In the meantime, please familiarise yourself with the below factsheets and Q&As which expand on what the various stages specifically mean for the creative industries sector, live music, and Museums and Galleries:

·      Creative Industries general

·      Arts – includes information on when class/workshops/rehearsals and live music can resume.

·      Museums and Galleries

·      Screen industry

·      Facilities Update

Update on the Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Program.

Arts NT has received a large number of applications across the available grants and is currently assessing applications for:

  • Virtual Territory producer
  • Territory Arts Projects

Reminder there will be a second round June 2020, dates to be confirmed.

  • Digital Adaptation Program

Reminder that submissions close for Channel NT – Virtual Territory on 8 May.

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their patience, cooperation and resilience over this incredibly difficult time.  Thanks to the swift actions of the Federal and NT Governments and the entire NT community, we are in the incredibly fortunate position of being the safest place in Australia.  This has allowed us to be the first jurisdiction to plan a path towards recovery and you should all be very proud of your contribution to this great result.

Of course, we absolutely need to maintain our vigilance because this crisis is far from over; that means continuing to maintain good hygiene practices and physical distancing principles.  Please make sure you are across the latest advice available via coronavirus.nt.gov.au as you begin to re-establish.

There’s also a hotline for general information – 1800 518 055.  Or you can get in contact with Cathy Young in my office – cathy.young@nt.gov.au – to assist working through any specific queries you may have.

Again, well done and I look forward to working with you through this next phase.

Warm Regards

Lauren Moss

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Minister for Corporate and Information Services
Northern Territory Government of Australia

Level 5, Parliament House, Darwin NT
GPO Box 3146, Darwin NT 0801, Australia
p… (+61) 8 8936 5532 | e… minister.moss@nt.gov.au