NT borders reopen to Sydney as coronavirus 'quarantine rave' TikTok video emerges

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The NT Government says police are now looking into the footage showing a group of revellers, some not wearing face masks, dancing in close proximity inside Darwin's quarantine facility.
An apparent "quarantine rave" inside the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin is being investigated by police, the Northern Territory Government says.

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The investigation follows the emergence of a TikTok video showing a group of people — some of whom were not wearing masks or adhering to the 1.5-metre physical distance requirement — dancing together outside their rooms within the facility.

People quarantining at the facility have been provided with facemasks that NT Health says "must be worn at all times" when people are outside their rooms.

Robert Parker, head of the Australian Medical Association's Northern Territory branch, criticised the behaviour seen in the video.

"Quarantine is quarantine, it's not a holiday," Dr Parker said.

Dr Parker said "people should be sticking to their pods" at Howard Springs. ( Supplied: TikTok )

He said the video was "probably the tip of the iceberg" of potential poor behaviour at the facility and said he was disappointed at the conduct of people seeking to enter the NT.

"This bug is potentially very dangerous, and we have a very vulnerable population [in the Northern Territory]," he said.

"People should be sticking to their pods."

Dr Parker said the video suggested security at the facility could be improved to ensure those staying there abided by the rules of health authorities.

The offices of Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Health Minister Natasha Fyles directed questions about the incident to the Government's COVID-19 Operations Centre.

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