Tough new QR code rules have also come into force. As of 1 January 2021, hospitality venues and hairdressers must use the Service NSW QR code system. If you don’t, penalties include $5,000 on-the-spot fines, followed by a week’s closure and a month’s closure if problems continue.
“Non-compliance is easy to detect and won’t be tolerated,” said the Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello.
“Pursuant to the Public Health Orders you either have the Service NSW QR code or you don’t. There will be no ifs or buts.”
Businesses are also required to sight a customer’s green tick prior to entry to comply with the orders.
Personal information obtained by businesses will be held securely by the government and only used by NSW Health in the event of an outbreak. It will be destroyed after 28 days.
The government will consider expanding the mandate to other industries later in the new year.