Update: 12:30 30062021. They reversed the decision.
In a move that is out off step with every other state / territory jurisdiction in Australia that has dealt with lockdowns during Covid, the NT Government, through their Chief Health Officer, has declared that newsagents are non-essential. ALNA sent out an email late today with the news.
At the NT government website they say all retail, except for supermarkets, is to be open:
People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons. Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home:
To receive health care or attend medical appointments. Including to get the COVID-19 vaccine
To undertake shopping and get necessary goods and services. Supermarkets will stay open, so there is no need to stock up on groceries.
To exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home and only with members of your household or one other person.
To undertake essential work. If you can work from home – you must work from home.
In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent.
This is an odd move, one that is challenging many small business NT retailers.
I wonder what the folks at the NT News think about this since newsagents play a an important role in disseminating the news they publish.
Newsagents in other states and territories have shown themselves to be responsible and safe retailers, providing an appreciated community service keeping people up to date with news and helping them connect, which is vital for mental health.
From my work with my POS software company, farm supply businesses, produce businesses, whole foods businesses, pet shops, pool maintenance shops, bike shops have all been considered essential. So, the decision by the NT government to only permit supermarkets to be open is odd.
Updated: 06:31 30062021