Many Western Australian businesses will be required to maintain mandatory contact registers for staff and punters from 5 December to assist the Department of Health in COVID-19 contact tracing.
A free app, SafeWA, has been released to provide businesses with a digital COVID-19 contact register system.
SafeWA includes key features such as unique QR codes for venues which patrons can scan to register their attendance.
According to a WA Government media release, data will be encrypted, secure, and only be accessible if COVID-19 contact tracing is necessary.
“This contact tracing system is a simple mechanism to help WA maintain its open, vibrant economy by keeping businesses operating at COVID-normal levels, in the face of the continued threat of COVID-19 around the world,” said WA Small Business Minister Paul Papalia.
All relevant businesses, including those using the SafeWA App, must make an alternative method (paper-based or another digital registration solution) available for visitors without a smartphone.
The details required for the contact register will include the date, arrival time, names and telephone numbers.
Records are not required to be collected for people collecting takeaway or children under 16 years.
“As a Government, we are committed to making sure businesses can keep doing business in a COVID-safe way, no matter the impact of the virus around the world,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.
“It’s because of the hard work of Western Australians that we have been able to get our State back on track and operate as close to normal as possible. What’s important now is that we stay the course and keep up COVID safe principles,” he said.
Businesses or venues required to keep a contact register include:
- food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs);
- gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools;
- places of worship and funeral parlours;
- beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers;
- galleries and museums;
- cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues;
- auction houses and real estate inspections;
- community facilities, libraries and halls;
- zoos and amusement parks;
- function centres; and
- accommodation facilities that already have check-in arrangements in place (i.e. hostels, hotels, large camp grounds).
The SafeWA contact tracing app is now available for download for compatible Apple and android devices.