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COVID-19 check-in mandate expanding

Use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses from Monday 12 July.

The NSW government has identified the Delta variant of COVID-19 as particularly threatening, with a higher rate of transmissibility, and so has strengthened rules in order to get it under control.

From 12 July, schools will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes or digital sign-in sheet.

The requirement for schools includes teachers and visitors (such as parents and contractors) but excluding students.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said expanding the mandate would give NSW health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues, and will aid the contact tracing effort.

"There is no excuse not to check-in everywhere you can - businesses and customers all have a part to play to keep NSW safe", Mr Dominello said.

"Inspectors have been asked to monitor the situation alongside the NSW police."

The data captured by the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in is only used for the purposes of contact tracing by NSW Health. It is deleted after 28 days.

Businesses who need to register for the NSW Government QR code can find the application form and more information at

For visitors without a digital device, other check-in forms must be available.