Covid-19 Australia: QR code check-ins to be ditched in cafes and shopping centres in NSW πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

QR code check in to be ditched for cafes and shopping centres by Christmas if Covid cases keep falling and close contacts will no longer need to isolate

  • QR code check-ins to be ditched by shops and cafes before end of year in NSW
  • High-risk venues like gyms and pubs will continue to use the online check-ins
  • Changes to sign-ins will only happen if Covid-19 cases continue to fall in state


QR code check-ins could be ditched by shopping centres and cafes before Christmas if Covid-19 cases continue to fall in NSW.

Low risk venues will be the first to scrap the mandatory check-ins and replace them with voluntary sign-ins.

High-risk zones such as gyms, weddings and pubs will continue to use the QR codes until well into next year.

QR code check-ins could be ditched by shopping centres and cafes before Christmas if Covid-19 cases continue to fall in NSW

High-risk zones such as gyms, weddings and pubs will continue to use the QR codes until well into next year

High-risk zones such as gyms, weddings and pubs will continue to use the QR codes until well into next year

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said he was happy to eventually phase out the online check-ins.

‘We are still living in pandemic conditions and the technology continues to play an important role in assisting contact tracers,’ he said.

‘I am optimistic we can retire the use of QR codes in lower risk settings … subject to case numbers and vaccination rates.’

Covid-19 cases have continued to dwindle across the state with only 262 reported on Thursday.

NSW is also edging closer to the 95 per cent vaccination milestone with 94.3 per cent of residents on their first dose and 91.3 per cent double-jabbed.

The NSW upper house is also set to debate a bill that would guarantee the personal information collected by QR code technology would only be used for contact tracing and to protect public health.

It comes after Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria police attempted to access the data to solve crimes.

Australian National University privacy expert Vanessa Teague warned the privacy laws only partly protected residents.

The NSW upper house is also set to debate a bill that would guarantee the personal information collected by QR code technology would only be used for contact tracing and to protect public health

The NSW upper house is also set to debate a bill that would guarantee the personal information collected by QR code technology would only be used for contact tracing and to protect public health

The NSW government stores check-in data on a centralised database.

Ms Teague said there was always the risk of a data breach, exposing personal information of users.

‘It is over-gathering of information, just on the off chance they need to contact you,’ she told Sydney Morning Herald.

‘Tightening privacy law doesn’t fully protect against the possibility of an accidental data breach or deliberate attack on the database.’

QR code check-ins have been a widespread success with rates increasing drastically over the last two months.

There were 168million check-ins recorded in September and 240million in October.

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