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New Covid-19 app launches today in council buildings

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The new NHS Covid-19 app launches today (Thu) – and people are being reminded they must use it when entering most council buildings.

An NHS QR code will be displayed on posters in buildings across the borough including leisure centres, libraries, museums, town halls, crematoriums and at Dudley Council House.

It is the latest weapon being deployed by the government in the fight against coronavirus.

Customers and visitors will be able to use the QR code to check-in on entry with their phone, instead of manually filling out check-in books. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

Throughout the pandemic we have pulled together as a community to help protect our most vulnerable and the new app is another way in which everyone can play their part.
With coronavirus cases rising quickly in the region, the council is backing this app as a way of protecting our staff and the people who visit our buildings.
I would urge residents to download the app, it takes seconds to scan a QR code and it is a great way to help keep ourselves and others safe.

Venues from hospitality, leisure and tourism, close contact services and local authority venues across England are legally required to take part. Other venues, as well as places of worship, are also encouraged to take part. Using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.

People can find out more about the app at www.covid19.nhs.uk.

The NHS is offering support, information and resources for businesses to help them sign up to the app. 

For all the latest government advice on Covid-19 people can visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus  and for the latest support and information on Dudley Council’s response to the pandemic visit www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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