Commissioner of Police and State Coordinator Grant Stevens and SAPOL have launched Operation 'Trace', a new initiative to remind community members of their obligation to scan COVID-19 QR codes when entering businesses.
Operation Trace will include the use of plain clothes police officers to ensure people are properly checking in and providing their contact details when they enter a business or attend a public activity.
Police officers will also be monitoring local businesses to see if they have QR codes displayed. Businesses will need to provide a secure hard copy check-in option and regularly review if customers are providing correct details.
Businesses can reduce the resk of customers' details being copied incorrectly by:
- Placing paper-based contract tracing records where they can be supervised by a staff member with regularly removed and replaced contact tracing record sheets.
- Providing customers with individual check-in sheets that customers can fill in and put into a secure box. (Check-in sheets are available to download here)
- Store records in a safe location at the end of each day. After 28 days they should be disposed of securely. If your business does not have bins specifically for confidential documents, please shred or rip the records into small pieces before disposing.
By responsibly using the COVID-19 QR Code when entering and operating a business, South Australians can reduce the risk of widespread community transmission. By checking in, SA Health will quickly be able to identify and contact others who have individuals who have been potentially exposed to the virus.
"You may not know whether our officers are observing you walking into a business, so I would encourage each and every member of the public to do the right thing and check in where you are required to," Commissioner Stevens said.
"South Australia has done very well so far and althought there is no current community transmission of COVID-19 in our state, we still need to be vigilant with positive cases in our medi-hotel system."
"Because of this, it is important to remind the community and business owners that they are required to actively use the QR codes on every occassion."
Picture Credit: Darren Clements for Stirling Business Assocation