Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, says it is important that local hospitality venues are aware that the State Government is making the use of QR codes mandatory for all NSW hospitality venues from November 23.
“Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has confirmed that QR codes for hospitality businesses will be compulsory so it is important that local business operators are prepared,” he said.
“It’s recommended venues use a QR code from Service NSW, however operators can also use a provider of choice. If you choose the Service NSW QR code they will create a unique, free QR code for your business that customers can scan when they visit.
“To access a QR code through Service NSW you will need to register your business as Covid-safe. You can do this here.
“If your business has already registered as COVID Safe, then you can recover your QR code and Service NSW will email you the link to your QR code and support posters. To recover your code go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/lost-qr-code, he continued.
“The new requirements come after a COVID-19 outbreak was linked to a restaurant in Sydney. It did not have a COVID Safety Plan and did not keep contact details of patrons as required under the Public Health Order relating to COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement.
“NSW Health’s contact tracing has worked extremely well to date in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. That is why customer contact details collected by pubs, restaurants, bars, and other businesses are so important, providing time sensitive information that makes contact tracing more efficient, he said.
“We have been extremely fortunate in the LPS with no recorded incidents of COVID-19 for many months. However, that must not allow us to become complacent. The upcoming school holiday, Christmas, New Year period will see many more people travelling both to and from as well as through the Shire. This can provide welcome benefits for the local economy, but at the same time we must maintain COVID-safe practices to minimise the risk of infection which can spread very rapidly if set loose in the community.
“I encourage business operators and all community members to play a responsible part in keeping our Shire COVID-19 free,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.