Canberrans will soon be required to check-in at more venues across the Territory as the ACT remains on ‘high alert’ amid the COVID-19 crisis being faced in other states and territories.
In the coming weeks, the app will become mandatory for use in retail, supermarket and transport settings, including at Taxi’s and Uber’s.
The new requirements come into effect on Thursday night before being made mandatory on 15 July.
From 11:59pm on Thursday, Canberrans will also need to check-in at any of the above settings, regardless of how long they spend at the venue.
The previous requirement only asked people to check-in if they were spending more than 15 minutes at a venue.
Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the expanded use of the app is designed to better protect the Territory should the virus find its way back to the Nation’s Capital.
“Widespread use of contact tracing apps has been absolutely essential to public health services in other jurisdictions in undertaking their contact tracing and making sure they’re getting on top of any new cases and cluster.”
More than 18 million people have used the app since it launched in September last year, with more than one million check-ins in past six days alone.
Mask rules are also expected to remain until at least next week but Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said the situation across the border is showing some promising signs.
“Whilst they have a significant number of new cases today it’s clear the benefits of the lockdown in Sydney is starting to become obvious and we’re increasingly confident that the work they’re doing in New South Wales is reducing the risk of virus transmission.”
Sydney recorded 24 new local cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the city’s current outbreak to 195.