Is your business ready for the new NHS Covid-19 app?

From Thursday (24 September 2020) the NHS Covid-19 contract tracing app will be launched. This is part of the test and trace service and will be important in helping control the spread of coronavirus and protecting each other.

All businesses in the following sectors must by law display a QR code poster from 24 September:

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Close contact services
  • Places of worship
  • Local authority venues

Businesses in these sectors are also legally required to hold a log of customers visiting their premises, for those who do not want to check in using the QR code or do not have access to a smartphone or the app.

If your business operates across more than one venue, you will need to download more than one QR code poster. Please do not share the same QR code between different venues.

If your business isn’t legally required to display a poster, but there is an area where people may gather close together for 15 minutes or more, it is advised you should display a poster.

If you have a large venue, you may wish to consider putting up the same QR poster in different areas or even different QR code posters for different parts of your venue.

Community organisations with a physical location open to the public, and anyone holding an event in a physical location, should also download a QR poster.

Businesses found breaking the law face a fine of up to £1,000 and up to £4,000 for repeat offenders.

Getting a QR code for your venue is quick and easy from the Government’s website.

Get a QR code for your business or venue

Further information

A guide to creating a QR code for your venue

Tips for displaying your QR poster

An overview of how the NHS Covid-19 app works

Latest Announcement by the Prime Minister

The PM announced yesterday that where possible people should work from home.

From Thursday (24 September) pubs and other hospitality businesses should provide table service only and will be required to close by 10pm along with Takeaway counters.

Face Coverings should be worn by staff working in retail, taxis and inside hospitality businesses.

From Monday there will be a limit of 15 people at weddings although 30 may attend funerals and the rule of six will apply to adult indoor team sports.

The PM also said that they would be unable to reopen conferences and large sporting events from 1st October as originally hoped and they would seek to support businesses affected by this.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The information available to businesses is changing regularly. We will continue to actively provide a regular information service as soon as we receive information.

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