From the gym, to the office, to the supermarket: QR codes mandatory across all businesses in NSW

Arriving at the shops, your office, the gym, or a café… what do all of these have in common?

Checking-in using QR codes

From Monday 12 July, everybody will be required to check-in and check-out using the Service NSW app each time a building is entered or exited.

This means the same way you’ve checked into cafes, restaurants and bars previously, will apply to more businesses to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

It gives NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues – and will help keep the community safe.

The expanded places you’ll now have to check-in include:

  • Retail businesses and supermarkets
  • Individual shops within shopping centres (shopping centres will also be asked to display QR codes at entry points where practicable)
  • Gyms
  • Offices, including call centres
  • Manufacturing and warehousing
  • Universities and TAFE
  • Schools including teachers and visitors (such as parents and contractors) but excluding students

All customers will also need to check-in at restaurants and cafes when picking up takeaway orders.

Businesses will need to display a Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes.

Places that were already using the NSW Government QR code system, like restaurants and hairdressers, will also need to ensure staff and visitors – such as delivery drivers – check-in, when they resume services after the lockdown period.

Businesses that fail to comply with the new health order requirements may be subject to fines and in case of flagrant breaches, temporary closure orders.

The data captured by the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in is only used for the purposes of contact tracing by NSW Health. It is deleted after 28 days.

Businesses who need to register for the NSW Government QR code can find the application form here.

Checking-in and out of venues helps to keep you, and the NSW community safe from COVID-19. For more information, click here.