QR Code Use Cases in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Not only are QR Codes being used to help shoppers practice social distancing, but they’re also helping more people during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

QR Codes bring entertainment home for diners in lockdown

The Darling’s clever to-go offerings. Source: chicago.eater.com

This Chicago bar is keeping hospitality alive for its customers during the COVID-19 crisis. The Darling bar and lounge has created a unique food and drink package designed to bring the full bar experience home to those in lockdown.

Their food packaging features a QR Code that leads to a video stream of a cabaret performance, so you can enjoy a little light entertainment while you dine at home! Read the full story.

Disneyland reopens with health QR Codes

A visitor dressed as a Disney character takes a selfie while wearing a protective face mask at Shanghai Disney Resort as the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, May 11, 2020. 
Credit: Aly Song/Reuters

Shanghai’s Disneyland has become the first Disney amusement park to reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

But things aren’t totally back to normal. The park enforced social distancing through stickers on the ground, directing people where to stand in line. Visitors were also required to go through multiple temperature checks, as well as providing their health QR Codes. Read the full story.

QR Codes could help reopen ports and borders

The University of the Balearic Islands has developed a QR Code that carries certified health information
The QR code can be carried in a variety of ways, such as a wristband. Source: majorcadailybulletin.com

The University of the Balearic Islands has developed a QR Code that carries certified health information. To avoid the need for Covid-19 testing or self-quarantine, the QR Code will validate that passengers entering the region have health certification from their country of origin. This information could be read by an application on arrival, proving that the visitor is free of coronavirus. Read the full story.

Commuters can fight COVID-19 with QR Codes

A notice in a ComfortDelGro taxi asking passengers to provide their contact details for the trip
A notice in a ComfortDelGro taxi asking passengers to provide their contact details for the trip. ‘ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR. Source: straitstimes.com

Commuters in Singapore are being urged to scan a QR Code in taxis to help facilitate contact tracing and curb the spread of coronavirus. All cabs are set to display the QR Codes, which are being rolled out across the industry. The system logs the names and contact details of individuals visiting hot spots, workplaces of essential services, and selected public venus. People who book rides via apps need not scan the QR Code as there is already data available to help with contact tracing if needed. Read the full story.

Social agency uses QR Codes for good

Social creative agency Hey Honey proposed a QR Code based project to help grocery shoppers stay safe
#BeSafeShopping is intended to help people understand safe practices while grocery shopping, inspired by airline safety cards and demonstrations. Source: thedrum.com

In response to the UN’s call out to creatives to help stop the spread of COVID-19, social creative agency Hey Honey proposed a QR Code based project to help grocery shoppers stay safe.

The project, #BeSafeShopping involves displaying a QR Code poster to shoppers while they’re standing in line to enter the store. Customers would be able to scan the QR Code to visit a custom Instagram page populated with safety demos and instructions inspired by airline cards. Check out their designs on Twitter.

Touch your face, donate a dollar!

Facejar lets people turn accidental eye rubs, beard strokes, and nose picks during video meetings into money for protective equipment for medical professionals
This video meeting Snap lens, created by Venables Bell & Partners and Firstborn, captures and charges people $1 every time they touch their faces. Source: campaignlive.co.uk

In an effort to combat the COVID-19 crisis, Venables & Partners have partnered with digital agency Firstborn to launch ‘Facejar’. Known as the virtual face-touching ‘swear jar’, Facejar lets people turn accidental eye rubs, beard strokes, and nose picks during video meetings into money for protective equipment for medical professionals.

Or, in other words: if you touch your face, you donate a dollar. Once the video meeting is over, users can complete their donation by scanning a QR Code to donate on Venmo. All proceeds go to #GetUsPPE. Read the full story.

QR Codes help citizens practice social distancing

Maybank Singapore has launched an all-in-one QR Payment Terminal that supports QR payment via PayNow
Maybank introduces QRPayBiz. Source: Maybank2u.com.my

To help support citizens as they practice social distancing, Maybank Singapore has launched an all-in-one QR Payment Terminal that supports QR payment via PayNow.

This development facilitates merchants to receive contactless payments securely and efficiently. It also lets them generate dynamic PayNow QR Codes, so customers can make transactions via PayNow without keying in a bill amount. Read the full story.

Check stock before you hit the store

Spar and Eurospar convenience stores in Northern Island have introduced a ‘Scan, Pay, Go’ mobile app that lets customers check items are in stock before leaving their homes
Build your grocery list ahead with an app. Source: essentialretail.com

Spar and Eurospar convenience stores in Northern Island have introduced a ‘Scan, Pay, Go’ mobile app that lets customers check items are in stock before leaving their homes. The app also lets them self-serve in-store.

When customers are ready to pay, they won’t need to unpack their bags for scanning. Instead, they can scan a QR Code at the express checkout that lets them register their shopping and pay with card or cash. Read the full story.

Attractions in China begin to reopen

Use of different colored health QR Codes in China
Health QR Codes are still in place even as COVID-19 slows down. Source: blooloop.com

As the rate of coronavirus infections begins to slow, more attractions in China are reopening their doors. 

To help ensure that the rate continues on its downward trajectory, China has had to put more safety measures in place. This includes the use of different colored health QR Codes, used to determine the health status and travel history of users. Read the full story.

QR Codes help people make donations

Touch ‘n Go eWallet is providing a QR Code scan facility to let people donate directly to non-governmental organizations
Touch ‘n Go eWallet is providing a QR scan facility for donations. Source: theedgemarkets.com

Touch ‘n Go eWallet is providing a QR Code scan facility to let people donate directly to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This development is in response to the Movement Control Order currently being enforced in Malaysia to slow the rate of COVID-19.

Although using QR Codes to donate to NGOs is not new, they are particularly effective at this time. QR Codes let the public donate to underprivileged communities by scanning codes through Facebook. They can then save the QR Code to their image gallery and share with their friends and family, increasing the opportunity for donations. Read the full story.

Scan to pay at Walmart

Walmart is enabling QR code payments that allow consumers to pay by scanning a QR code to pay at checkout
Walmart introduces full contactless service. Source: walmart.com

Walmart is enabling QR code payments that allow consumers to pay by scanning a QR code to pay at checkout. Previously, they would have had to tap a screen to initiate the process. Other retailers and digital wallets may follow Walmart’s lead during the pandemic to give consumers a payment option that requires no contact with shared surfaces and keeps their customers and employees safe. Read the full story.

Skip checkout with QR Codes

Skip checkout app to be implemented at Fairway Market
Source: Springwise.com

As more shoppers practice social distancing, stores have seen a recent spike in the number of customers using mobile checkout apps. As a result, Fairway Market has recently ramped up promotions of its scan-and-go application.

Fairway Market’s checkout tool lets customers use their phones to scan products as they shop. When they’ve finished, the app generates a QR Code to be scanned at a checkout point, helping them avoid other customers by queuing in long lines. Read the full story.

Bondi festival goes virtual with QR Codes

Ocean Lovers Festival goes virtual with QR Codes
Ocean Lovers Festival in 2019. Source: australias.guide

As the coronavirus outbreak puts a halt to mass gatherings, many festival-goers have been left disappointed. But when the Ocean Lovers Festival was canceled, founder Anita Kolni didn’t want to let down the schoolchildren who had entered the festival’s “Litterarty Competition.”

To enter the contest, the children created ocean-themed artwork made from recycled rubbish. Rather than let their efforts go to waste, the exhibition will now go ahead as a virtual show. To view the children’s artwork, people can scan a QR Code to experience 360-degree images on their phones! Read the full story.

Animal Crossing amplifies self-isolation mode with QR Codes

Animal Crossing amplifies self-isolation mode with QR Codes
Take your pick from 500 QR Codes to scan from. Source: Forbes.com

As more people practice self-isolation in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is helping to spread some joy. Many have taken to social media to share their game experiences, as well as their QR Codes.

Players are now able to download custom clothing designs through the power of QR Codes. This includes designs they created in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Room Designer. They can even use QR Codes to download designs created by other players. Read the full story.

QR Codes used to test for COVID-19

West Java has launched a QR Code based service to help manage the strain on their healthcare facilities caused by the coronavirus disease
The Pikobar app will be used to share data, help register for tests, and collect donations to help hospital staff. Source: govinsider.asia

As one of the worst-hit areas in Indonesia, West Java has launched a QR Code based service to help manage the strain on their healthcare facilities caused by the coronavirus disease.

Using an app, citizens are now able to conduct a self-diagnosis. If the app determines that they are showing symptoms and should be tested for COVID-19, it will issue a unique QR Code and details of the nearest hospital.

Citizens must present their QR Codes at the hospital to receive testing. If they test negative for coronavirus, they can reuse their QR Codes in a week’s time. Read the full story.

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