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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

It's masks and QR codes again NSW

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that masks will be made mandatory in indoor settings from midnight tonight, and density limits will be reintroduced from 27 December until 27 January as the state continues to record numbers of COVID cases. The state's COVID and economic recovery committee met on Thursday, after authorities announced 5,715 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday. The NSW Government is reintroducing the COVID Safe check-in for retail and other workplaces to assist with case management and help keep the community safe.

QR codes are registered to each business venue.

Businesses that have removed their QR codes do not need to reapply but can reprint their QR code or retrieve it from the NSW Government website.

This was a record for any state in Australia and represented a 51 per cent increase on Wednesday's figure. "As of midnight tonight, we will be requiring that masks are worn in indoor settings," Mr Perrottet said at a press conference in Sydney on Thursday afternoon. Hospitality venues will move to a two-square-metre rule from 27 December. Both of these changes will be in place until 27 January. The premier also urged those who can work from home to do so, particularly over the holiday period. "We do want to limit mobility, just as we get through this period of time and particularly in relation to ensuring that our health workers are able to be on the job and provide that care and support for those who are unwell," he said. QR codes will also be brought back "in a limited way" in retail and lower-risk settings, the premier said. COVID-19 restrictions eased in NSW on 15 December for all residents, including the unvaccinated. Mr Perrottet had in recent days urged residents to take "personal responsibility" and resisted pressure to impose mandates.


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