Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Northern Territory Government commences easing of Coronavirus restrictions on golf courses, gyms, pools, parks and gatherings

Northern Territory Government commences easing of Coronavirus restrictions on golf courses, gyms, pools, parks and gatherings
May 1, 2020

The Northern Territory Government has announced a three step 'roadmap' for the reopening of businesses and activities, including golf courses, swimming pools, parks, playgrounds and gyms.

Making the announcement yesterday, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner advised that no new cases of Coronavirus recorded for more than three weeks there will be staged adjustments to current restrictions, which will come into effect from today with safe and simple outdoor activities (where physical distancing can be maintained at all times) the first to be allowed.

Chief Minister Gunner explained "today we make our first steps on the road to recovery, because we are the safest place in Australia, we can do this before the rest of Australia.

"The whole idea is get to as close to normal without putting you at risk and without putting some of Australia's vulnerable at risk.

"This new normal will be with us for a while."

From noon today, Territorians will be able to use public swimming pools, waterparks, go fishing with friends and play golf.

From midday on 15th May, they will be able to head back to the gym, borrow a book from a public library, get their nails done or dine at a restaurant or cafe.

On Friday 5th June, the Northern Territory Government will lift its two-hour time limit and ease its restrictions on indoor activities, which means people can get a tattoo, visit a nightclub, and play team sports.

However, Chief Minister Gunner urged Territorians to maintain a safe distance from each other, adding "if you want to stay the safest place in Australia, if you want to have a beer at the pub, to fish with your mates, to go to the gym, I need you to follow the rules and keep your distance.

"I'm not asking you to walk around with a tape measure, I'm asking you to use your common sense."

Looking beyond 5th June, Chief Minister Gunner said the Territory's Stage three was uncertain, and would depend on how well the nation recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities that Territorians can do as part of the three step roadmap include:

Stage one: from noon, Friday 1st May 2020:
• Exercise outdoors with other people such as yoga and bootcamp.
• Participate in non-contact, non-collision outdoor sports such as athletics, golf, tennis, swimming, shooting, archery, badminton, geocaching, paddling and lawn bowls. (Note: You cannot use a clubhouse facility to consume food or drink).
• Visit parks and reserves including campgrounds that are accessible from where you are without needing to enter a restricted area biosecurity zone.
• Swim in a lagoon at the waterfront, rivers and natural pools outside the biosecurity zones.
• Go fishing, boating, sailing with other people.
• Attend a public swimming pool, water park or recreational lake for swimming or water sports.

Stage two: from noon, Friday 15th May 2020, include:
• Participate in organised outdoor training activities for sporting clubs and teams.
• Operate or attend a studio that provides yoga, Pilates, Zumba, barre, dance classes.
• Operate or attend physical training activities indoors such as Cross Fit.
• Operate and attend a gymnasium.
All activities in Stage two must be undertaken in less than two hours.

As party of the announcement, the Northern Territory Government said all physical distancing must be maintained, indoors and outdoors, including:
• People maintaining a minimum space of 1.5 metres between themselves and others not from the same household.
• Reduce the size of gatherings.
• For those who need to be facing another person and be closer than 1.5 metres apart to minimise contact to less than 15 minutes.

Image shows Darwin's Bicentennial Park.

Related Articles

28th April 2020 - Facing up to the Fitness Industry’s post lockdown challenges

24th April 2020 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces framework for return of sport

24th April 2020 - Green Army commences new role in maintaining Darwin’s parks and reserves

23rd April 2020 - Fitness Australia says gyms can safely reopen within strict framework

23rd April 2020 - Planning for a post Coronavirus fitness industry that will not be the same

22nd April 2020 - Golf Australia ‘encouraged’ to see golf being played with minimal risk

22nd April 2020 - Australasian fitness industry looks to post Coronavirus operations

17th April 2020 - Prime Minister Morrison outlines plans for lifting of Coronavirus restrictions

17th April 2020 - Darwin invests in major local projects

7th April 2020 - Two-thirds of the world’s fitness clubs are currently closed

3rd April 2020 - Confusion as courses ignore Golf Australia advice and remain open

27th March 2020 - Challenging times for cinemas with all of Australia’s screens closed

25th March 2020 - Aquatic sector could lose $900 million in revenue as Prime Minister Morrison advises that all commercial pools must close

12th March 2020 - Visitation encouraged to Darwin Waterfront Precinct

22nd January 2020 - Five-year funding for leading Northern Territory Arts Organisations

14th January 2019 - Palmerston Water Park to become one of the coolest and safest places for Northern Territorians 

10th January 2019 - Northern Territory 2018 events stimulate economy and boost tourism

10th December 2018 - Northern Territory Major Events Company grows industry capability

2nd May 2018 - TTF welcomes Northern Territory Government’s backing for tourism

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation


BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks


BH Fitness

BH Fitness, part of the long-standing and iconic bike manufacturer BH Group, is a global leader in fitness equipment for both Commercial and Home markets. The company, with the headquarters based in…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness


Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business