The mistake Australians are making when they check in to cafes and restaurants using QR codes that could see them forced to isolate for 14 days
- NSW residents are forgetting to ‘check out’ when visiting venues amid Covid-19
- All businesses require guests to check in via the Service NSW app on arrival
- The feature helps contact tracers to track any positive cases at the business
- NSW Health said checking out isn’t compulsory but is strongly recommended
Australians who forget to ‘check out’ of venues may be unwillingly setting themselves up for 14 days of isolation.
From the start of the year, all businesses in New South Wales have made it mandatory for customers to ‘check in’ via a QR code and register their details with the venue upon arrival.
But the large majority of residents are often forgetting to then hit ‘check out’ when they leave the premises, meaning that on the Service NSW app they have been in the venue for an extended period of time.
If a positive Covid-19 case visits the same business, those who were also there but didn’t specify what time they left may then have to isolate for two weeks to ensure they don’t spread the virus.
From the start of the year, all businesses in New South Wales have made it mandatory for customers to ‘check in’ upon arriving at a venue but many are forgetting to ‘check out’ (Sydney shopper checks into business)
Residents are encouraged to check in and out of venues so contact tracers can specify exactly what time any positive cases had attended the business
The ‘check out’ feature was added in November last year to help health authorities narrow down the exact time venues may have been exposed to Covid-19.
According to the NSW Health website, ‘checking out’ is optional but is strongly encouraged.
‘When leaving the business location, you’re encouraged to “check out now” using the Covid Safe Check-in tool in the Service NSW app. Checking out is optional but does help with contact tracing,’ the website says.
Only around 35 per cent of NSW residents have reportedly been checking out of venues.
It comes as the state records its sixth day with no local cases on Saturday.
Victoria relaxed its border closures to Sydney at 6pm on Friday, with just one LGA – Cumberland in Sydney’s west – still classed as a red zone.
With the exception of the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, the rest of regional NSW will now be a designated green zone.
According to the NSW Health website, ‘checking out’ is optional but is strongly encouraged (woman wears a mask while using her phone in Sydney)
Businesses are required to ask guests to check in as of January 1 this year (pictured friends enjoy dinner together in Bondi Beach)