Covid-19: Uluru owners block tourist access to park fearing virus

The Indigenous community and traditional owners living close to Uluru have created a blockade at the entry of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reports, following ongoing concerns tourists visiting the region will put locals at risk.

Now that the Northern Territory has reopened their borders to most of the country – excluding Victoria, Greater Sydney, the City of Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan City – the general manager of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation (MCAC) said it was “totally unacceptable” that a Jetstar flight was allowed to land from a considered coronavirus hotspot on Monday morning.

“We were told this flight would not be going ahead today after the NT declared Brisbane a COVID-19 hotspot on Friday,” MCAC general manager Glenn Irvine told the NT News.

“I watched most of the passengers enter Yulara this morning. This presents an egregious and totally unacceptable risk to the residents of Mutitjulu and the surrounding Lasseter region.”

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