iPhone screen shot of Official NHS contact tracing app

NHS QR code posters to be displayed at business entrances

The government has released new legislation as part of its efforts to drive down the rate of coronavirus infection and support the test and trace system.

On Friday 18 September, it became law for hospitality venues to enforce the rule of six or face a fine of up to £4,000. They also have to log contact details for customer, visitors and staff as part of NHS Test and Trace.

From today, Thursday 24 September 2020, this has been extended so that it will be a legal requirement to display an official NHS QR code poster to help people check in to venues.

The NHS COVID-19 App has also been launched. It can downloaded via https://covid19.nhs.uk/. The app includes a QR scanner so that people can quickly check in to venues from their phone. When someone enters a venue and scans an official NHS QR code poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone.

This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

An alternative check-in method must also be maintained to collect the contact details of those who don’t have the app. This could be as simple as a handwritten register. Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for Public Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It’s vital that we all do everything we can to support the test and trace system so we can take urgent action if we come into contact with someone who tests positive.

“With the launch of the government’s app, businesses and venues such as pubs, bars and restaurants, hairdressers, hotels and cinemas must download and display a QR code for their venue to help everyone check in quickly and easily.”

To support the launch of the app, businesses and venues such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas, community centres and village halls should download a QR code for their venues.

Businesses and venues can register and download a QR code at Coronavirus QR Poster.

More information and a full list of applicable venues are available here.

The regulations will be enforced by Local Authorities, who will have the power to issue fines of up to £1,000 for venues that are failing to comply, or the police as a last resort. Fines will rise to up to £4,000 for repeat offenders