WA businesses set for mandatory contact tracing

A broad range of WA businesses will soon need to comply with mandatory contact tracing requirements as part of the latest COVID-19 control measures.

The State Government has announced that from December 5, certain businesses will need to maintain a contact registration system to keep a record of their customers. 

It’s launched the SafeWA app, which utilises QR codes, to help businesses register patrons. 

Businesses will also be able to use a pen and paper register.

The types of businesses and venues which will be required to maintain a government 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;
  • Accommodation facilities that already have check-in arrangements in place (hostels, hotels, large campgrounds).

Businesses face fines of up to $250,000 for non-compliance.

For more, head to covid19.cciwa.com to download the contact register toolkit.

CCIWA chief executive Chris Rodwell welcomes the new contact trace system, describing it as “an appropriate trade-off” for WA business.

“Providing a free ‘SafeWA’ app to supply QR codes is a suitable way to enable WA businesses to comply without substantial inconvenience.

“It is important that WA’s recovery is not undermined or delayed by remaining a closed economy for longer than required by health advice.”

The CCIWA is currently campaign for clarity and a consistent approach to rules around WA border restrictions.

“It remains critical to this trade-off that the Government adhere to its own criteria announced on October 30 relating to “very low risk” destinations.

Read more on the current border concerns.

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