URGENT BUSINESS ALERT - Is your business QR code ready?

First published: Tuesday 22 Sep 2020

Over the course of the next few days businesses throughout the borough are being urged to prepare for the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England.

Following a successful pilot, this app will go live on Thursday 24th September. The app is a critical enhancement of NHS Test and Trace and is a legal requirement, providing the information needed to know quicker if we’re at risk of the virus, so we can act fast, to protect our communities and our loved ones.

The app will provide users with local risk information, alert them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and very importantly has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues. 

To make the app a success we need the help of all businesses in Darlington and that is why I am urging you all to prepare for the go live date. From Thursday, certain venues, including venues run by local authorities will now be legally required to display NHS QR code posters. These posters need to be visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

This includes all venues from the following sectors:

•            hospitality;

•            leisure and tourism;

•            close contact services (such as hairdressers);

•            places of worship

We appreciate that a lot has been asked of you over the past few months, but we are encouraging businesses to produce QR code posters before the 24th. We have included links to the government announcement relating to the app, a briefing pack and the downloadable resources that you can use to print out the poster, below:

Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs

Resources: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html   

Further materials on the business to business campaign: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Test-and-Trace/resources/customer-logging-toolkit/

The more people who use the app, the better it will work – and it will help us get ahead of the virus, preventing a second wave, further local lockdowns, and further disruption to the economy.

You have all been incredible in your cooperation and support to date. Let’s continue to work together in this way to keep Darlington on the right track.

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