COVID-19: Wellington art gallery Eyeball Kicks warned by WorkSafe after 'refusal' to display QR code

The business has been warned under the COVID Act.
The business has been warned under the COVID Act. Photo credit: Newshub.

A business refusing to display the official COVID Tracer QR code has been issued a direction by WorkSafe.

In a statement, WorkSafe said it was aware of the "refusal" to display a QR code by Eyeball Kicks, an art gallery in the Wellington CBD.

A WorkSafe spokesperson told Newshub the business had been issued with a direction under the COVID Act.

"WorkSafe is aware of Wellington business Eyeball Kick's refusal to display a QR code.

"We are now considering our next steps which may include enforcement."

Newshub has contacted Eyeball Kicks for comment.

Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act, businesses are required by law to display the NZ COVID Tracer App QR code "in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises", no matter the alert level. 

"Everyone has a part to play in the management of COVID-19 and businesses who refuse to comply can expect enforcement action," the WorkSafe spokesperson said.

Earlier this year, WorkSafe charged Dilip Rupa, the owner of Rupa's Cafe in Auckland, for failing to display a QR code - the first to be prosecuted for for such an offense. 

RNZ reported that Rupa's next court appearance will be on April 19.