Local businesses adapt to QR scanning

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By LAUREN THOMSON, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Local businesses continue to manage the challenges of the pandemic.
A few businesses reported that the transition to QR codes for the restriction exemptions program has gone quite well, thanks to accommodating customers and understanding staff.
Mike Waskalik, owner and operator of Local, said he made sure his staff was fully aware of expectations.
“The transition for us on an operation standpoint has been quite smooth,” said Waskalik. “We’ve had the app uploaded on our payment iPads, which makes it easy for us to check everybody’s QR code. It’s very simple instead of having to read a card with very small print.”
Waskalik feels the transition has been a little easier for businesses than for customers.
“It has been simple for us,” Waskalik commented. “I would say on the customer side there has been some challenges just in terms of awareness. Some people didn’t know that that was mandatory at this point, so there’s just been a little bit of catch up but we’ve done our best to...continued.

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