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Thursday, December 7, 2023

COVID check-in app for Canberrans

Checking in to venues and maintaining COVID-19 contact registers in the ACT will be easier with the introduction of the new Check In CBR app, the ACT Government has announced.

Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the app had been developed by ACT Health to assist venue operators with meeting their contact tracing obligations under the Public Health Directions.

“Canberra’s local businesses have been co-operating really well with ACT Health, putting in place their COVID safety plans and doing what they can to protect the health and safety of their staff and customers,” said Ms Stephen-Smith.

“Most businesses have had to change the way they operate, and we know this has caused additional stress and administrative burden.

“The Check In CBR app will provide businesses with a convenient and secure option of capturing customer contact details. This will help businesses to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Direction, particularly smaller businesses and organisations who are not able to invest in this type of technology.”

The app, which is free to use for both venues and consumers, will allow customers at participating venues to check in and provide their details for contact tracing by simply scanning a QR code upon arrival or entering a six-digit code.

The contact information of app users will automatically be sent to ACT Health, for use by contact tracers if required and to assist in identifying anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the ACT.

The Minister said the app had been “designed from the ground up with privacy and security of information front and centre”.

She said data would be stored for 28 days and could only be accessed by ACT Health should contact tracing be required.

For more information about the Check In CBR app, and for venues to register to use the app, visit covid19.act.gov.au/business-and-work/check-in-cbr

Check In CBR is now available to download from the Apple App Store for iPhone users and will be available in the coming days from the Google Play Store for Android Phones.

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