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Contact-tracing app launch date – 24 September

After the first version was abandoned in June, a new contact-tracing app will be launched across England and Wales on 24 September.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The app will be used to alert you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
  • It will use QR codes to scan and register visits to hospitality venues – those venues who have been using their own QR code-based systems will be asked to swap to the NHS version
  • Businesses will be asked to display QR posters to support the NHS system, and venues such as universities, hospitals, leisure premises (amongst others with communal areas) where people gather for more than 15 minutes will be asked to display the same posters
  • The app will utilise Apple and Google technology to detect other smartphones, but businesses will be required to keep a manual register of visitors for those who don’t have a smartphone

Within your ‘safe return to work’ policy you can encourage employees to download the app. You can also require them to alert you immediately if they receive a notification from the app informing them that they’ve been in close contact with an individual with coronavirus so that you can take steps to protect them and others.