A new COVID-19 app will be launched on Thursday 24 September to support the NHS's Test and Trace work.

Businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being asked to download and display QR code posters so that customers who have downloaded the Test and Trace app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. 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 has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues. 

QR posters are unique to each venue and businesses can download posters for their premises on the Government's website, along with information on how to create a QR code poster. 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 that 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.