Speaking to media on Wednesday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that QR codes will become mandatory for venues from 23 November, as NSW Health struggles to identify patrons of a southwest Sydney restaurant that was visited by a positive case but failed to hand over records.
As a result, Jasmins1 in Liverpool has been ordered to close until NSW Health no longer considers it a public health risk.
In a statement posted by NSW Health, the authority said that the restaurant “failed to provide records relating to staffing and patronage in a timely manner to support public health action”.
“Investigations have revealed Jasmins1 Liverpool did not have a COVID Safety Plan and did not keep contact details of patrons as required under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 5) 2020.
“The restaurant will remain closed until NSW Health considers the restaurant is no longer a risk to public health.”
Speaking about the incident on Monday, the Premier said: “The people in charge did not do the right thing.
“It’s never our intention to out or embarrass business. It’s never our intention to put additional pressure on what is a difficult time, but we can’t compromise our public health and safety.
“We can’t compromise how well we’re doing.”
According to current NSW rules, hospitality venues are allowed one patron for every 2 square metres in outdoor areas. However, this is conditioned on businesses using electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.