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The Hair & Barber Council: Download the New Covid 19 app

The Hair & Barber Council: Download the New Covid 19 app
Sam Robinson

As the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace App is set to launch 24th September 2020 in England and Wales, the Hair & Barber Council is reminding everybody to download it. 

How to Prepare for its Launch

BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy) has announced the date for the launch of the app in advance so that businesses are able to download and display QR codes and prepare for the launch. The codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified. The app works in exactly the same way in both nations.

QR Posters

These are unique to each venue – businesses can download posters for their premises here. They have also pulled together FAQs for businesses on QR codes.

Helping Businesses Meet the New Legal Requirement

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 who are already using their own QR system are encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code. An alternative check-in method, such as a handwritten register, must be maintained to collect the contact details of those who don’t have the app.

Rules for Wales

In Wales it is compulsory for businesses in certain high risk sectors to collect and keep records of staff, customers and visitors. Checking in with the app does not replace this requirement. High risk premises in Wales must continue to keep a full record of staff, customers and visitors, including people who check in using the QR code poster for the location.

Taking Action

The app will be a critical enhancement of NHS Test and Trace in England, and the Test, Trace and Protect service in Wales. It will provide users with local risk information, and allow them to quickly and easily book a free test, and use a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues. The app will allow people to know more quickly if they are at risk of the virus, so they can take action fast to protect their communities and families.

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