The Government is actively considering mandating the use of the Covid-19 tracer app, in a bid to boost the number of people scanning.
There are more than two million people registered for the app, but in January the average number of scans per day fell to 465,000.
At this afternoon’s Covid-19 update, Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins said use of the app increases significantly when there is an outbreak.
“We don’t necessarily prepare well, so when we’re in a position where people are feeling comfortable they are not always good at taking those precautionary measures, but when we ask New Zealanders to ramp up because we’re responding to something, Kiwis are pretty responsive,” Hipkins said.
Officials last year looked at whether people should be required to scan in with the app at big events and in places like bars and restaurants, where physical distancing is difficult.
When asked by reporters why the onus would be placed on a business to ensure patrons sign in, instead of the patrons themselves, Hipkins said that was something that was being “worked through”.
Officials are looking at what tools the Government could give businesses to increase uptake of the app and what other countries are doing to encourage people to use tracing apps.