You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings in the Northern Territory (NT), but wearing a mask remains strongly recommended.

High risk settings

Face masks must be worn in the following high risk settings:

  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • aged care facilities
  • disability residential facilities
  • correctional facilities
  • family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters.


You don't need to wear a mask at the airport or while travelling on a plane.

Face mask exemptions

You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical illness, mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

Only a police officer or an authorised officer can ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.

If asked by a police officer, you must show them one of the following:

  • a medical certificate
  • a letter from your health practitioner
  • a letter from your NDIS provider.

The medical certificate or letter must:

  • be dated and signed and
  • state that you have an illness, condition or disability and
  • state that in their opinion you qualify for an exemption from CHO Directions requiring the wearing of face masks.

The medical certificate or letter should not specify the nature of your illness, condition or disability.

You must also carry and produce evidence of your name and address to a police officer or authorised officer if requested.

Last updated: 09 September 2022

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Last updated: 09 September 2022