Use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory in all workplaces and retail businesses from Monday July 12.
Expanding the current mandate will give NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues including supermarkets, retail stores, gyms, and offices, in a move aimed at keeping customers and staff safe and getting all businesses open again as soon as possible.
While many retail businesses, including large supermarkets and hardware chains, have voluntarily adopted the Service NSW QR code, this measure will ensure check-in rates are high across the board and contact tracers have access to reliable records.
From July 12, the following businesses will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the QR code or digital sign-in sheet:
• Retail businesses and supermarkets
• Individual shops within shopping centres
• Shopping centres will also be asked to display QR codes at entry points where practicable
• Offices, including call centres
• Manufacturing and warehousing
• Universities and TAFE
• Schools including teachers and visitors (such as parents and contractors) but excluding students.
Nationals member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has welcomed the announcement, saying it’s about keeping local customers and staff safe.
“We know the Delta variant of COVID-19 moves quickly and we must do everything we can to get it under control,” Mr Singh said.
“While many retail businesses, including large supermarkets and hardware chains, have voluntarily adopted the Service NSW QR code, this measure will ensure check-in rates are high across the board and contact tracers have access to reliable and comprehensive records.”
Businesses such as hospitality and hairdressers that were already using the Service NSW QR code will also need to ensure staff and visitors such as maintenance workers and delivery drivers check-in when they resume services after the lockdown period.
Hospitality businesses will need to extend the use of the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in to all customers including takeaway orders.
Businesses that fail to comply with the new requirements may be subject to fines and in case of flagrant breaches, temporary closure orders.