How contact tracing helps
To stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to trace the contacts of anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19. Recording people’s movements helps us to do this quickly and efficiently.
The faster we can trace contacts, the faster we can prevent further spread of the disease.
How to keep track of your movements
You can keep track of your movements by:
- keeping a list in a safe place
- keeping a diary
- using an app to record your movement, or
- taking time-stamped photos of where you have been.
Everyone should keep track of the 3 Ws:
- Where you went.
- When you went there.
- Who you met.
You can use any way that suits you and helps you to provide information about your whereabouts if a contact tracer needs to contact you. Encourage your family, whānau and friends to do the same.
Businesses and venues will have their own requirements for collecting information to help with contact tracing. Make sure you follow their processes when visiting different premises.
There are many different apps you can use to record your movement.
The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer. This app works by scanning a QR code on a poster at participating businesses. The app then keeps track of where you have scanned so that you know where you have been.
Get help with NZ COVID Tracer
Contact tracing for businesses and services
Businesses operating at Alert Level 2 must record details of people’s movement on their premises.