Residents and businesses asked to back app
People from across Dudley borough are being asked to play their part in the national fight against coronavirus by using the NHS Covid-19 app, which is set to launch this week.
The new app goes live on Thursday (24 September) and that certain venues, including those run by local authorities, will be legally required to display an NHS QR code before then.
Following the launch of the new app, customers and visitors in England will be able to use the QR code to check-in on entry with their phone, instead of 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.
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.
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, it is essential that businesses capitalise on the benefits this app and the QR codes can bring to protect themselves, their business and their customers.
I would also 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.
People can find out more about the app at https://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