“The QR code only takes around 2 minutes to download,” the Premier said[ii].
“Then our expectation is that around a week after that all other organisations and businesses who require record-keeping also revert to the ServiceNSW QR code.
“This is part of our armoury in defending our community against the virus.”
The Premier advised the NSW Government app makes the task of contact tracing much easier for the NSW Department of Health. “It’s been apparent to us that whilst we’ve allowed businesses to use alternative QR codes, it’s proving to be too frustrating for our contract tracers,” she said.
“We need to make their jobs easier. We’ve given businesses so much time to comply and to make sure the QR codes are in place.
“We remain unsatisfied with the level of compliance of people who aren’t using the Service NSW or code.”
She continued, “From the beginning of 2021, our expectation is that if you’re a venue, you’re a business owner, you run a business, rather than using your own QR code, we want you to go back to the Service NSW QR code.
“What that means is if there is a case in your premises, our health people can get onto it immediately with accurate numbers, accurate contact details. We need to be able to reduce the risk of being able to contact people quickly.”
More than ten at home for Christmas
Given the current health situation on the Northern Beaches and considering updated health advice from Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, the Northern Beaches have been separated into two zones, and restrictions have eased slightly for the Christmas period[iii].
For December 24, 25 and 26, the Northern Beaches has been split into northern and southern zones. The north zone covers those suburbs north of Narrabeen Bridge, and east of the Baha’i Temple. Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, residents will be able to visit the properties of others who live within this zone. Each home can have a maximum of five visitors, including children.
People may not enter or leave this zone unless for the four approved reasons already in place: shopping for food or other goods and services, medical care or compassionate needs, exercise or work or education, where you cannot work from home[iv]. On 27 December, the region will revert to existing restrictions.
For the remainder (southern zone) of the Northern Beaches up to 10 visitors (plus primary school children and younger) will be allowed in homes between 24 -26 December. This may include people from outside this zone, but not from the Northern Beaches. People who reside outside the northern beaches are allowed to visit others in this zone.
Residents of this zone may not leave, unless for the four approved reasons already in place, and the government will reassess restrictions in this zone after Boxing Day.
For the Greater Sydney region, Central Coast, Wollongong and Nepean Blue Mountains current restrictions due to expire at midnight tonight will remain in place. However, primary school-aged children and younger will be allowed on top of the current ten visitors cap for homes until midnight on 27 December, when these regions will revert to existing restrictions. Restrictions for regional NSW remain unchanged.
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