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ACT scales back COVID contact tracing app

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Canberrans will no longer have to check in using a QR code to every venue they visit, after the territory government scaled back requirements for its contact tracing app.

Following a rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, and less reliance on contact tracing, the Check In CBR app will now only be required to be used at high-risk venues in Canberra.

From Saturday, checking in using the app will only be required at bars and pubs, clubs, nightclubs, strip clubs and brothels, organised events that aren’t ticketed as well as schools.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the changes were made due to an evolving COVID-19 response in the ACT.

“We’re in a new phase of our pandemic response and using the Check In CBR app differently will support those most at risk of exposure, while reducing the requirements placed on other businesses, venues and customers,” she said.

“These changes mean we’re still able to monitor places where our public health team considers there is a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

Businesses that aren’t on the list of high-risk locations will now no longer be required to display a QR code for check in at their entrance.

However, businesses will still be encouraged to display the codes for Canberrans who want to record where they check in during the pandemic.

“The app is currently being updated to enable automatic notification of users if they have been at a higher risk setting during a COVID-19 exposure,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“With the automated exposure notification function, Check In CBR will continue to be a critical tool in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

More than 1.3 million people have downloaded the app since it was first released in September 2020.

– AAP

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