QR codes to become mandatory in NSW workplaces

It's a bid to step up contact tracing after the latest outbreak

QR codes to become mandatory in NSW workplaces

The NSW government has announced that QR codes will become mandatory in workplaces across the state.

From July 12, people will be required to sign in at all workplaces, including offices, factories and worksites, as well as gyms, supermarkets, shops and shopping centres. Teachers and visitors will also be required to sign in at schools.

It’s an effort to make contact tracing easier and faster for health authorities in the event of an outbreak. The Sydney outbreak which originated in Bondi has shown how contagious the Delta variant is and that speed is vital in preventing a huge spread.

NSW health recorded 22 new community cases up to 8pm last night, with 11 of those having been in isolation while infectious.The Bondi outbreak has now become the biggest recorded in the state since the pandemic began with more than 140 linked cases. The case numbers are expected to remain at that level for the next few days as health authorities continue to identify close contacts.

Announcing this morning's cases, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said: "To date our fears about huge escalation haven't materialised and we certainly want to keep it that way."

The state is the first to mandate the use of QR codes in workplaces and shopping centres after much of the initial transmission came from fleeting contact of shoppers in Westfield Bondi Junction.

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