A raft of new QR sign-in rules kicked into effect on Monday, with the NSW Government toughening its stance on COVID-safe check-ins.
Starting from this week, businesses, workplaces, and venues must enforce COVID-safe check-ins, even for visitors such as cleaners, delivery drivers, and tradies.
Anyone who visits a cafe or restaurant must sign in even if they are getting takeaway and are not dining in the premises.
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Exceptions to the rules include drive-thru takeaway services, provided that the customer does not leave their car.
Little Cup Cafe barista Emelee Norris will be reminding patrons to scan their QR codes when dining in or grabbing a takeaway coffee.
Ms Norris said the new rules were necessary, if a little exasperating.
"It's very hard because walking into the supermarkets you have to check in. Before you go in you have to just stand there and try to get the code to scan," Ms Norris said.
Businesses that do not have a QR code sign in sheet are obliged to have an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff and visitors.
For multi-tenancy buildings, such as shopping centres, customers are required to sign in every time they enter a different shop.
Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the new rules were a "proportionate and critical" response to the new Delta variant of COVID-19 threatening the nation.
Mr Dominello said they would be cracking down on businesses that fail to comply with the new Public Health Order with fines and, in the case of repeated breaches, temporary closure orders.
"While most businesses and customers do the right thing, anything less than gold standard is not good enough. We have a shared responsibility to keep the community safe," Mr Dominello said.
"We will not tolerate businesses and customers who refuse to comply with the mandate. Inspectors have been asked to monitor the situation alongside the NSW Police.
More information regarding the expanded COVID-Safe Check In mandate including affected businesses and industries can be found on nsw.gov.au.
Businesses who need to register for the NSW Government QR code can find the application form and more information at nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe.
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