The outgoing cabinet wants to introduce the 2G measure for, among other things, the catering industry, events and culture.
This also means that the CoronaCheck Scanner app, which employees can use to check whether someone has a valid QR code, has to be adapted.
This is exactly what will change.
1. How does it work now?
Everyone aged thirteen and older needs a corona ticket in certain places in the Netherlands.
This is necessary, for example, in the catering industry or at an event, sports competition or cultural performance.
At the moment, the 3G policy still applies in the Netherlands.
That means you can get a corona ticket if you have been vaccinated, tested or cured.
People can create a corona ticket with the CoronaCheck app.
You will then receive two QR codes: one for the Netherlands and one international, with which you can travel.
If a corona pass is requested at a location, an employee can scan this code with the CoronaCheck Scanner app.
If you see a green check mark you can enter.
If you use the app in the Netherlands, the inspector at the door will not see what kind of corona proof you are showing.
CoronaCheck only shows whether you are allowed access.
For example, employees cannot see whether you have been vaccinated or whether you have had the coronavirus.
2. What will change with the CoronaCheck at 2G?
If both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve the bill, only people who have been vaccinated or cured will still be allowed access to certain places.
A negative corona test is then no longer sufficient.
In practice, nothing changes for the users of the CoronaCheck app.
But on the side of the employees who have to scan the QR code with the CoronaCheck Scanner app, there are a number of changes.
Outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) writes in an explanation of the 2G bill that the CoronaCheck Scanner app must be adjusted when the new policy is introduced.
After adjusting the software, employees must be able to choose the desired setting: 3G or 2G.
3. How exactly do these two settings work?
When an employee has set the 2G option and a visitor tries to enter a location with a negative test result, the app will show a red screen.
According to the ministry, the person who scans the code does not know why the QR code is not accepted.
It is also possible, for example, that the QR code is blocked.
When the 2G option is set, and a visitor tries to enter a location with a QR code based on vaccination or recovery, the initials, date of birth and month of birth of this person are first shown.
If the employee determines that the data is correct, a blue-purple screen with a check mark is displayed.
The current green checkmark will continue to belong to the 3G policy.
Nothing else changes in the app.
4. Wouldn't this make fraud easier?
Not according to the Ministry of Health.
De Jonge states in the explanation that a delay will be built into the CoronaCheck Scanner app.
This should prevent employees from quickly switching between 3G and 2G mode.
The app will also be provided with a so-called log file, which shows whether scanning has taken place in the past thirty minutes on the basis of 3G or 2G.
The results of the scans are not saved.
Incidentally, the new software is not yet finished, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.
"We are still preparing it so that it will be ready when we need it."
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