The State Government has today, decided to introduce a mandatory contact tracing register for all liquor stores across Western Australia as part of the State Emergency response to COVID-19.
While initially there was no requirement to set up QR codes or a “manual” log/register at our independent liquor stores, recent updated WA Health Advice has now made it a requirement to do so.
The following WA businesses will be required to keep a contact register:
• Retail venues (including supermarkets, department stores, shopping centres, pharmacies, hardware and department stores) and retail components of other businesses where customers are physically present such as bank branches.
• Commercial buses or vessels with the capacity to carry more than 12 people, where different groups of people interact (such as party buses, party boats and other recreational tour buses/charters).
• Indoors takeaway food and beverage services – this includes indoor food courts, pizza bars, kebab shops and bubble tea shops – however it does exclude drive-throughs and food trucks.
• Events with a COVID Event Plan (500+ patrons), and certain outdoor functions and gatherings under 500 people (e.g. weddings, corporate functions, fetes, festivals).
• Visitors to hospitals – for example persons visiting patients, or attending meetings/lectures, couriers and contractors.
In addition to this, if a business already has a contact register using its own QR code, the business must also provide the SafeWA app as an option for patrons.
The SafeWA QR code should be clearly displayed.
Member liquor stores have a grace period of up to 14 days to set up their register or QR codes by February 12.
Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, penalties can be imposed for failing to maintain a register, including a fine of up to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a body corporate, or 12 months imprisonment. Infringement notices can also be issued.
For assistance in setting up your QR code or manual register please click on this video link https://vimeo.com/482943535 which explains the quick step-by-step process involved.
You can also go to this government website which answers a range of questions you may have.
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