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Australians who don't have the coronavirus tracking app could be forced to give restaurants and cafes their details before dining under proposed new guidelines

Australians who don't have the coronavirus tracking app could be forced to give restaurants and cafes their details before dining under proposed new guidelines
  • Hospitality boss Wes Lambert hopes restaurants and cafes can reopen in June
  • He put forward a range of COVID-safe protocols venues would have to follow 
  • Patrons would sign in so venues could tell them if a customer had COVID-19
  • Other suggestions included disposable menus and socially distanced tables

Australians who don't have the COVIDSafe tracking app may be forced to hand over their personal details to cafes and restaurants under proposed guidelines.
Re-opening guidelines for the hospitality industry in Queensland were submitted last week by Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert.
Mr Lambert, who is hopeful eateries can reopen in June, put forward a range of new rules designed to ensure venues comply with safety protocols amid the global pandemic.
Among the suggestions was a 'sign in' order for customers who do not have the government's coronavirus tracking app.
The COVIDSafe app aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 by using Bluetooth connections to trace who infected people came into close contact with.
Re-opening guidelines for the hospitality industry in Queensland were submitted last week by Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert. Pictured: an empty restaurant in Brisbane amid COVID-19 pandemic
Re-opening guidelines for the hospitality industry in Queensland were submitted last week by Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert. Pictured: an empty restaurant in Brisbane amid COVID-19 pandemic
The proposed rules would require patrons to sign in to a restaurant with their name and phone number so they could be contracted if another customer tested positive to the virus, The Australian reported.
'It's not a complicated thing. It's an "I don't have the COVIDSafe app, I'll give you my details quickly so I can sit down for an hour". We fully advocate the tracking app, in the absence of that the best practice is tracking or tracing,' Mr Lambert said.

PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR CAFES AND RESTAURANTS 

• 1.5m between tables.
• All patrons must have the COVIDSafe app. If not, they would have sign in with their name and phone number in case someone near them contracts the virus.
• Social distancing in waiting areas.
• Removing the limit on ‘tap and go’ payments, having wipes available for patrons to wipe down the cash register keypad before use.
• No condiments on tables.
• Disposable or chalkboard menus, or laminated if they can be cleaned.
• Commercial dishwashers that can sanitise cutlery and crockery to 80C, or recyclable cutlery and crockery.
• Hand sanitisers throughout the venue.
• Staff practising WHO and state/federal health guidelines, including wiping down tables and chairs between each patron, no bar service.
 SHe also suggested a range of 'practical, low-cost' measures, disposable menus, condiment-free tables, bottles of hand sanitisers and enforced social distancing in waiting areas.
A distance of 1.5m between tables was also suggested - allowing venues to operate at bout 50 or 60 per cent capacity.
It is a step down from the government's suggestion of 4sq/m between tables, which would only allow eateries to function at 25 per cent capacity.
'At 25 per cent capacity they just can’t open or can’t make money or trade effectively,' he said.
It is understood that restaurants and cafes will not be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity until there is a vaccine. 
Restaurants, pubs and cafes have been closed or restricted to takeaway services since March when the nation went into lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Four million Australians have downloaded COVIDSafe since its launch last Sunday night, well short of the 40 per cent the government said it needed. 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison appealed to the public last week telling Australians that they should download the app if they want to go back to the pub.
The National Cabinet is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Friday with the aim of making an announcement on May 8 about lifting baseline restrictions. 
All restrictions will be reviewed, from pub visits to shopping centre operations. 

COVIDSafe only works on smartphones and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores
COVIDSafe only works on smartphones and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores
COVIDSafe only works on smartphones and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores. The use of the app is currently voluntary, but has been met with resistance from some critics due to privacy concerns.
The app uses Bluetooth signal strength of other COVIDSafe users you come into contact with which logged every two hours in the National COVIDSafe data store.
No location data will be collected at any time and contact data stored on a device will be deleted after 21 days.
Mr Morrison said he was eager to get Australians back to work as the number of new coronavirus cases remains consistently below 20 every day.    

AUSTRALIA'S COVIDSAFE APP - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The COVID-19 contact tracing app is called COVIDSafe.
It only works on smartphones and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.
Use of the app is voluntary.
PURPOSE
* To identify people who may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 so that they can be advised to take measures to help stop the spread of the disease or get tested.
REGISTRATION
Registration will require users to input their:
* mobile phone number - so they can be contacted if needed for contact tracing.
* name - so the relevant health officials can confirm they are speaking to the right person, although the Health Minister says you can use a fake name if you want.
* age range - so health officials can prioritise cases for contact tracing.
* postcode - to make sure health officials from the right state and territory are dealing with your case.
COVIDSAFE IN USE
The app will record the following contact data:
* the encrypted user ID.
* date and time of the contact.
* the Bluetooth signal strength of other COVIDSafe users you come into contact with. This will be logged every two hours in the National COVIDSafe data store.
* No location data will be collected at any time.
* Contact data stored on a device will be deleted after 21 days.
* All data stored will be deleted once the pandemic has concluded.
PRIVACY
* Personal information collected via COVIDSafe will handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Biosecurity Determination 2020.
* There will be criminal penalties and anyone breaches someone's privacy.

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