The sign-in sheets at businesses are there for a reason … and you can be fined if you don’t fill them in correctly

July 14, 2020

Customers who provide false contact details at venues – part of COVID Safe reopening directions – are putting the health of other Queenslanders at risk and risking a large fine.

Queensland Health requires businesses such as restaurants, bars and clubs to collect and store the details of every person who enters their premises.

Businesses that fail to collect and/or produce contact tracing information face fines of $6672.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the information would be vital if a patron or staff member tested positive to COVID-19.

“If someone with the disease has been to a venue, we urgently need to know who else might be at risk of infection,” she said.

“Having the names, phone numbers and email addresses of all customers and employees is critical in the event we have to carry out contact tracing and help minimise the spread of the disease.

“Time is of the essence in this task, so businesses must have this information on hand so we can quickly track down people who may have been exposed and may need to be tested.”

The approved Industry COVID Safe Plan and Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 3) also require operators to record the times people were on the premises. All businesses are obliged to heed privacy regulations.

Dr Young said while the vast majority of Queenslanders were compliant, there had been reports of customers providing either false or incomplete details.

People who fail to produce contact tracing information without a reasonable excuse can be fined $1334.

“People who provide fake names or numbers for whatever reason are not just putting themselves at risk, they’re putting their own family and friends at risk,” Dr Young said.

“If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you need to know as soon as possible so you and your close contacts can act, including getting tested. Contact tracing is the safest and most effective way for that to happen. That’s why we need correct details.”

Dr Young has sent letters to businesses reminding them of their requirements under the health direction.

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