How contact tracing helps
To stop any future spread of COVID-19, we need to trace the contacts of anyone who may have 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 another outbreak 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've been.
Everyone should continue to keep track of the 3 Ws:
- Where you went.
- When you went there.
- Who you met.
You can use any method 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 should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
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
You can also use the camera app or a QR code scanner app on your phone to scan QR codes.
Contact tracing for businesses and services
At Alert Level 1, businesses are no longer required to record or keep details of people’s movement on their premises, but businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.