VENUES URGED TO PROMOTE TRACK AND TRACE APP
Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry, so customers who downloaded a new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.
Businesses can download the QR codes at gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.
The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September
Customers and visitors in England will be able to check-in on entry with their phone, instead of filling out a check-in book and this will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.
An alternative check-in method must be maintained to collect the contact details of those who don’t have the app, for example a handwritten register.
When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone.
This information will stay on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a coronavirus outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent to all devices.
The device will check if users have been at that location and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what to do based on the level of risk.