The new contact tracing app, NZ COVID Tracer was revealed by the Government today (available to download now through app stores) and encouraging Kiwi’s to download the app. Technologies like NZ COVID Tracer are just one part of contact tracing and are designed to support, rather than replace. existing contact tracing processes.
Businesses that are required to record details of people’s movement on their premises, should continue to use their existing register for this purpose. This is in case the Ministry of Health needs to contact people who have been exposed to COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has developed the NZ COVID Tracer app to help the public log and track which businesses and organisations they have visited, and who they have come in contact with.
Using the app is voluntary, but it helps contact tracing become faster and more effective, which is an essential part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
How it works
The NZ COVID Tracer app allows staff and customers to create a digital diary of the places they have visited and will make sure contact tracers can get in touch if they need to. Businesses can support the app by generating QR code posters to display at each of at their locations.
These posters will be generated when you register your business location with Business Connect. The posters include unique QR codes for your business, that staff and customers can scan using the app. The app will log and track that they’ve visited that location at a specific date and time.
How to create your QR code poster
Businesses need to register with Business Connect to get their QR code posters for their workplace.
To do this you will need the following:
- a RealMe login (external link)
- a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) (external link) and access to your NZBN profile
- authority over your business (external link).
Once you have your RealMe login, NZBN and authority over your business, you’ll need to register with Business Connect or login to an existing Business Connect account.
As part of the registration you will need to provide your business locations and associated contact details.
Registering with Business Connect (external link) — Business Connect
Once you’ve registered your business locations, download and print a poster for each location. Each poster contains a QR code which your staff and customers can scan using the NZ COVID Tracer app.
The poster should be displayed at the entrances of your business.
Find out more about contact tracing, including what information you need to collect, at covid19.govt.nz.
Contact tracing at your place of business (external link) — covid19.govt.nz
The Ministry of Health also has some useful FaQ’s on the new App.