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Tameside businesses urged to support launch of NHS Test and Trace app

Press Release: 21/09/2020

 

TAMESIDE businesses are being urged to prepare for the new NHS COVID 19 app to assist test and tracing and help contain the virus.

 

Businesses such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues - which are currently taking a register of customers’ names upon entrance - need to make their QR code posters visible so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in

 

The national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales is planned to take place on Thursday 24 September. The posters can be downloaded via a website to displayed in premises.

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in Tameside will be able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

Using QR codes 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, like a handwritten register.

With coronavirus cases rising in the borough over the last few weeks, it is essential businesses capitalise on the benefits QR codes can bring to protect themselves and their customers.

Businesses already using their own QR system are encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code, as the new system will allow for a quicker Test and Trace process. 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.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council executive member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “This QR system is a free, easy and privacy preserving way for customer to check-in to venues and will help businesses to meet their new legal requirements to record contact details of customers, staff and visitors.

“This will assist test and trace which is a really important part of our fight against covid. I encourage businesses to get involved by downloading and displaying the official NHS QR code posters.”

Businesses can download the QR code posters at gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.

For more information on the NHS COVID-19 app, visit covid19.nhs.uk.

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