Reepham businesses urged to prepare for NHS Covid-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other venues across the Reepham district are being urged to download QR codes following the public rollout of a new app.

The NHS Covid-19 app was launched on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues.
QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues.
Businesses are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.
The QR codes can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in premises.
Following the launch of the app, customers and visitors 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.
In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.
Businesses that are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.
An alternative check-in method must be maintained to collect the contact details of those who do not 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.
Businesses can download the QR codes HERE
For more information on the NHS Covid-19 app, click HERE

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