Delta outbreak: Government and police cannot enforce mandatory QR code scanning
Companies are not penalized for failing to sign up.
“The person who runs a company, location or event must legally ensure that they have secure systems and processes in place so that all persons who work or visit their premises can scan their data or in electronic or paper-based form can specify manual process no matter how long they are there.
“This includes workers, contractors, customers and volunteers.
“The responsible person must legally have more than one way of recording their visit, especially for people who are unable to scan QR codes.”
The changes affect a wide variety of businesses and services such as cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, retirement homes, courts and libraries.
Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have gathered online to share misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the resulting problems that the pandemic has caused.
Vaccines and the use of masks are common issues, but the mandatory contact follow-up is now in sight.
In closed forums, RNZ has been given access, people have discussed how to avoid scanning, saying they used fake names and phone numbers.
They said this would continue when scanning became mandatory.
“When individuals provide incorrect contact information, they directly jeopardize the ability to conduct contact tracing quickly and accurately. This could endanger their health and the health of others, ”said the DPMC spokesman.
“We ask everyone to do their part to support the shops, services, cafes, restaurants, and event venues – and the employees who work in those places.
“Contact tracing is one of the most powerful tools we have to stop the spread of COVID-19, minimize lockdowns, and keep friends and wnau safe.”
The police have a number of tools to monitor groups on social media such as those made available by RNZ.
They wouldn’t reveal what type of surveillance is in place on COVID-19 issues.
While a police spokesman said providing false information to a health care professional could constitute a criminal offense that can lead to law enforcement, writing incorrect details in a contact tracing book does not reach this level.
“Entering correct personal information into a contact tracking book is practically based on good faith and volunteerism,” they said.
“Providing false information in a contact book means exposing the person providing the information, as well as friends and Whinau, to being ignorant of contact with a deadly virus and being unaware of the danger they are in turn for others could represent. “
When people enter incorrect information into contact books, Ministry of Health officials have other ways to track contacts, but it is much more difficult and takes much longer.
The government is expected to release its Level 2 ordinance today, which may include updated business contact tracing rules.