Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: Required logins are now required for most events and businesses

Mandatory logins are being introduced for busy venues and large gatherings to ensure the government can contact Trace quickly, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

The Covid-19 Tracking App in Action.

Photo: RNZ

This means that business and event managers will need to make sure people keep a log when they visit, whether that’s by scanning QR codes with the Covid-19 Tracer app or doing a manual check-in.

There will be a fine for companies that do not maintain contact tracing records in line with what the government currently has in place under the Covid-19 Response Act, which constitutes a fine ranging between $ 300 and $ 1000.

However, Hipkins said the government is reviewing the sanctions and that any changes would require legislation to pass in parliament.

“It’s clear that when people use the app or log in manually, rather than relying on memory, contact tracing can happen much more quickly,” Hipkins said.

“We know from our own examples and abroad that a Covid-19 outbreak can be extremely difficult to track and contain without people keeping good records of where they have been and who they have come into contact with.

“So we are making it mandatory in the kind of places where people are constantly gathering in large numbers to ensure that people scan or log in.

“This includes cafes, restaurants, bars, casinos and concerts, care for the elderly, healthcare facilities (excluding patients), barbers, exercise facilities, nightclubs, libraries, courts, local and central government agencies and service providers. social with customer service desks.

“Those places where records are already kept and people need to sign up already, like gyms and some workplaces, will not need to adjust what they are already doing.”

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

The rate of people scanning has dropped dramatically since the crashes last year.

Presently, mandatory record keeping is required at social gatherings, including when visiting a marae, at weddings, funerals, tangihanga, and religious services at level 2.

Now it will be a requirement for those companies and events that are allowed at any alert level.

The obligation will fall on the person responsible for the place or meeting to ensure that people can scan or register.

This will take effect seven days after any change in the alert level setting that may allow more business to be opened or meetings to take place.

“We want to make sure that companies and those who may be hosting a meeting or event have time to fix this problem,” Hipkins said.

“I understand this adds additional responsibility for companies and hosts, but it is necessary to help New Zealand maintain its Covid-19 elimination strategy and help us return to the freedoms we enjoyed over the past year that many other countries have not. have had.

“As we have said with masks and face shields, encouraging people to wear one every time they leave home and making it mandatory when visiting a business or service at alert level 4, this will only apply to people over the age of 12 years.

“Face coverings, when used in conjunction with good record keeping, are two strong measures that will help in our defense against Covid-19.”

You can find more information here. on the government website.

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