Unite against COVID-19 | Changes to QR scanning code requirements

The Government has introduced some changes to the Alert Level Order last night (28th September) to improve ease of access to QR codes for customers visiting a business or public facility.

Q. What are people in control of workplaces being asked to do differently around displaying QR codes?

The Government has introduced some changes to the Alert Level Order last night (28th September) to improve ease of access to QR codes for customers visiting a business or public facility.

The changes that have been agreed to are that, people in control of workplaces must now ensure that:

  • Additional copies of a QR code poster are displayed, in places other than just in the entranceway. (This is in addition to copies already required to be displayed at or near the main entrance of a workplace).
  • QR code posters will now be required to be in good condition.
  • The QR code must not be altered in a way that makes it unclear that it has been issued by the NZ Government for the purposes of contact tracing (meaning workplaces should use the official COVID 19 QR code poster, or at least ensure there is information on their poster relating this being a Govt requirement).
  • Public transport operators must also display additional copies of QR codes. This is in addition to the existing requirement to display a copy in a prominent place on or inside any vehicle (vehicles with 5 or fewer seats taxis/ride shares are exempt as are aircraft).
  • QR code posters are required to be in good condition.
  • The QR code must not be altered in a way that makes it unclear that it has been issued by the NZ Government for the purposes of contact tracing.

These new requirements come into force on 11.59pm 5th October 2021.

[Updated 29th September 2021]

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