Throughout the ongoing pandemic there has been constant discussion around how to best approach COVID tracing when further outbreaks occur. While the implementation of QR code check ins at many venues across the nation has proved an effective method of tracking individuals, one setting has been missed out.
In recent days, and following the most recent outbreak in South Australia from a returned overseas traveller who quarantined in NSW before returning to SA and then testing positive to COVID, QR check in has been a crucial component in keeping our state safe. In pressers across the last week, health authorities have discussed the implementation of QR code check in on public transport in SA, to help close a gap in potential loss of tracing in the instance of an unfortunate outbreak.
In yesterday’s press conference, SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens spoke on the rollout of these QR codes on public transport, stating that they are currently being worked on within the appropriate teams.
Stevens made comment that the framework will be constructed to best assist an effective roll out of the new system, to allow for smooth and seamless implementation into our community.
At present, Stevens said that the time frame is roughly two weeks before the public can expect to be whipping out their phones when boarding buses, trains and trams, to check in and register their details with health authorities.
This new system has been set into motion following South Australia’s seven day lockdown, which saw a hard snap shutdown on the state and will end tonight with tremendous cooperation from the state’s public.
Premier Steven Marshall, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier, and Commissioner Stevens have all commended the efforts of South Australian’s and given tremendous thanks to all those on the frontline serving our community through this difficult time.
Stay tuned for more information on the exact rollout date of the public transport QR codes.