A new and free NHS COVID-19 app has now launched as part of the NHS Test and Trace service.

The app will be used alongside traditional contact tracing to help trace individuals who may have come into contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The app allows people to check into venues by scanning a QR code. No personal details will be shared with third parties during the process. It also provides them with an alert if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and helps them check if they have symptoms and book a test. You can find out more about the app and download it here.

From Thursday 24 September, it will become a legal requirement for all designated venues to display an official NHS QR poster. Designated venues include:

  • Hospitality services, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • Tourism and leisure services, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas and theme parks
  • Close contact services, including hairdressers and barbers
  • Facilities provided by local authorities for the public, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres