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NSW: stronger compliance inspector presence for COVID-19

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Date: 
Wednesday, 21 July, 2021 - 12:00
Category: 
Industry news
Location: 
New South Wales

The NSW Government recently announced it was increasing the presence of compliance inspectors across Sydney and regional areas to ensure businesses are complying with COVID-19 public health orders.

NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson, and Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello, said inspectors will be checking businesses are doing their part to protect the community by wearing masks and enforcing the QR code check-in.

“From 12 July 2021, the Service NSW QR code and mask-wearing requirements were extended to include additional workplaces, such as construction, manufacturing and warehousing, supermarkets and retail,” said Minister Anderson.

“We know complying with new rules can be tough, which is why we will be working closely with businesses over the coming weeks to help them understand the new requirements and ensure COVID safe practices.”

Minister Dominello said it is vital that businesses are taking reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises are checking in, including for takeaway orders.

“The Service NSW QR code is not wallpaper, it’s there to protect your staff and customers as we battle the Delta variant,” he said.

“It is now mandatory to check-in at all workplaces, supermarkets and retail stores. It is vital that businesses are displaying the QR code correctly and taking reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using their phone or digital sign-in sheet.

“The expanded check-in and mask-wearing rules apply to staff and visitors such as maintenance workers, cleaners, electricians and delivery drivers.”

Minister Dominello said inspectors from Liquor & Gaming, SafeWork NSW, Fair Trading and the Food Authority will be deployed across NSW to assist.