New changes to NHS Test and Trace app mean everyone will now have to check in
The changes have been introduced today ahead of next Monday's commencing of 'Step Two' in the government's roadmap to lifting lockdown.
A number of changes to the way we check in to venues and shops on the NHS Test and Trace app have been made ahead of the reopening of hospitality and retail from Monday.
The updates to the NHS Test and Trace app – which was first launched in May 2020 – have come into effect today to coincide with the availability of rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests for everyone in England from Friday, and now state that everyone in a group must check in when they arrive at a venue, rather than just one member of a party as was previously required.
This individual check in should be done either by scanning an NHS QR code poster on the app, or by providing your contact details to the venue.
On top of the above changes, it’s also been confirmed that if an NHS Test and Trace app user has a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, they will be required to share their venue history privately on the app to ensure the venues are alerted faster.
This is to help ensure that local outbreaks are able to be contained more easily.
If an NHS Test and Trace app user has been at a venue on the same day as someone else who has since tested positive, they may receive an alert telling them to book a PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.
All venues in England will be given new QR posters to display, which the government says are clearer and easier to use.
Business owners are legally required to display these posters.
As aforementioned, the changes to the NHS Test and Trace app also arrive ahead of a campaign beginning in England tomorrow to encourage people to do twice-weekly rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests, which had previously only offered to key workers and others seen as most at risk.
The tests can be ordered to your home, carried out through a workplace testing programme, or delivered through community testing.
People aged 18 or over will also be able to collect a box of seven tests from participating local pharmacies, and if carrying out the tests at home, individuals will need to register their results online or by calling 119.
They should self-isolate if positive, and order a confirmatory PCR test.
For the latest information, guidance and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, please do refer to official sources at gov.uk/coronavirus.
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