The supermarket owner was supposed to meet with the police to learn about a new virus requirement-but a major chain pointed out a major problem.
After Woolworths stated that they had not been contacted and the governor rejected the idea, the New South Wales Police Minister claimed that the supermarket would be required to hire security guards to enforce the coronavirus regulations, which caused confusion.
On Tuesday morning, Police Minister David Elliott told 2GB Radio that the chief executives of major Australian supermarket chains will be told that they need to make sure people scan the QR code when they enter the store.
The news was supposed to be delivered on a conference call with the Chief of Police of New South Wales at 10 am.
Mr. Elliott said: “They will be told exactly what is expected of them and said that the supermarket must take reasonable steps to ensure compliance.”
But Woolworths, the country’s largest grocery chain, said they didn’t know about the conference call until it should have started.
“We have seen media reports, but have not heard about the proposed measures directly from the New South Wales Police or the New South Wales Government. We are very much looking forward to these details,” a Woolies spokeswoman said.
Coles and Aldi did not respond to NCA NewsWire’s request for comment.
A police spokesperson said: “The New South Wales Police are negotiating with hypermarkets and providing guidance to strengthen Covid safety plans in their stores.”
After the meeting was held late on Tuesday afternoon, a Woolworths spokesperson said: “We had a conversation with the New South Wales Police later this afternoon.”
“They have confirmed our existing health ambassadors, and they have been in place to help customers with QR code registration, which meets the requirements of the health order.”
Governor Gladys Berejiklian was asked about the proposal at a coronavirus press conference at 11 am, and she said that she disagrees that it is a good idea to require security at the entrance of the supermarket.
“Obviously, the police will conduct compliance checks, but as (Chief Health Officer Kerry) Chant and Health Advise said, we want to have as little contact with people as possible. So people can use QR codes, but even if there are The concierge is also at risk,” Ms. Berejiklian said.
“The police are clearly targeting key areas where people need to leave their homes to ensure a high degree of compliance, but please know the strongest message is that unfortunately, although this sounds cruel, we want to minimize interpersonal s contact. “
In a radio interview earlier in the day, Mr. Elliott said: “My message to the supermarket is simple: Regardless of the law, you have an ethical obligation to your customers to ensure their safety.”
“Whoever defines the word reasonable, they must hire security… they must hire security now.”
Supermarkets are essential businesses and can continue to operate during the Sydney lockdown.
Since the current coronavirus outbreak, there have been many spreading panics in supermarkets, and employees and warehouse staff have Preferentially used for Pfizer jabs.
People entering any NSW business-including their own workplace-must use a QR code to record their presence.
The package of rules Take effect In mid-July.
Woolworths said it has arranged staff to remind people to check in.
A spokesperson for the company said: “For some time, our stores in Greater Sydney have set up health ambassadors to help customers register with QR codes.”
“Our customers have responded well to the government’s registration requirements, and the vast majority of customers continue to do the right things in our stores.”
QR stands for “Quick Response” and is a barcode that people can scan with a smartphone camera to enable them to access a website or application.
The data collected by the app is used by contact trackers to determine who has been to a place at a specific time, so that people who are positive for the coronavirus can be contacted when they visit the place at the same time.
The NSW Service stated that the data will be kept for 28 days and then deleted, and can only be used by the NSW Health Service.