South Korea will require facilities deemed to be “high-risk” of spreading COVID-19 to install QR code readers, the government said on Wednesday. Places where multiple people gather around indoors, such as fitness centres, clubs, and karaoke bars, will be subject to the requirement, the Korea Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (KCDC) said.
People who wish to enter such facilities will need to scan their QR code from Naver’s smartphone app. Personal data collected from the QR codes will be encrypted and destroyed after four weeks, KCDC said. Facilities that don’t implement the QR code system or falsify their visitors’ list will be subject to fines or shutdowns, the health authority added.