• Annemarie Taylor

Coles asking customers to sign in before they enter a store

Because of the threat of a potential growing Covid spread, Coles is asking customers to sign in at the store door so they have a record of who has entered and when.

You can either do it the old fashioned way with a pen and paper, or electronically in a similar manner to that used if you visit a restaurant. It is not currently mandatory.

There are no new cases of Covid in the Hawkesbury.

Coles told us they brought the system in on December 22, so customers can expect to see it at every Coles store. They just started implementing it at Coles North Richmond today (Thursday) but Coles in Windsor has been using it since December 22.

"To help support the state government’s COVID contact-tracing efforts, Coles has worked with NSW Health to implement their COVID safe check-in program, which has been in place at all of our NSW stores since 22 December," a Coles spokesperson told the Post.

"This is the same program that has already been mandated for use at a range of venues in NSW and utilises the government’s Service NSW app. Customers without access to a smartphone can record their details at the customer service desk using a form provided by the state government.”

Woolworths told us they have had a voluntary check-in system for their stores since August.

"The safety and wellbeing of our customers, teams and communities is our top priority and we have a range of COVID safe measures in our stores,” said a Woolworths’ spokesperson. "While checking in and sharing contact details is voluntary, we encourage all New South Wales shoppers to make use of it.

"Doing so will enable health authorities to make rapid contact with potentially impacted customers in the event a confirmed case has been in our stores.”

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