Throughout the pandemic, COVID-deniers and conspiracy theorists have been adopting a range of unusual and dangerous tactics to avoid sticking to lockdown rules and distancing guidelines.
Now, anti-maskers have resorted to mocking up fake exemption stickers in what is being called a “disturbing” strategy to avoid important coronavirus regulations.
The news comes alongside whispers of an app which enables users to create fake QR code check-in pages to give the false idea they have recorded their presence into a premises.
While mask exemption stickers or badges are available, you must have a valid medical excuse from your GP to gain access to one.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has called out rule breakers in her state who are said to have created fraudulent mask exemption badges.
“People shouldn’t be finding ways to work around the rules,” Ms D’Ath said to Channel 9.
“If you don’t have a mask on, you are risking yourself getting the virus; it is not worth trying to come up with a fake excuse not to wear a mask.”
She also expressed her concern about the fake QR code check-in app that is being passed around on conspiracy theorist online forums.
The app can duplicate pages for NSW, Queensland and Victoria, giving users the tick to enter a premise, without sending their details to the state government, and will be unable to trace close contact COVID-19 cases.
“This simple workaround creates what looks like a covid QR tick of approval, but it doesn’t send your private information to the government,” one website plugging the app stated.
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This article first appeared on Over60.