North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities team have put together some information on the Government’s advice around QR codes linked to the Test and Trace app, launched today.
We urge community groups and other partner organisations to display QR posters in spaces that are open to the public.
Using a smartphone app (which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play), individuals entering a venue can scan the QR code to automatically log their details. A manual system should still be in place to record the details of individuals who do not use a smartphone, or where connectivity is poor. The app is for ages 16+.
You should create and display a QR code if you are:
- a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
- organising an event which is taking place in a physical location
If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location.
For full guidance and to generate your QR code, please visit: www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
When you’ve submitted your information, you will receive a link to the poster via email and you should print as many copies as required, ensuring they are displayed in both the entrance and different rooms, if appropriate (printing is available via your local library if necessary). The QR code can also be displayed on a digital screen if more suitable. Where applicable, ensure that any existing method of manual customer log-in remains in place e.g. in England where customer log-in is required currently it should remain for those who do not have a smartphone or do not want to ‘check-in’ via the NHS QR code. Customer data collected should be held safely and securely in relation to data protection guidelines and should not be used for any other purpose. Customer information should only be passed on to official NHS contact tracers if requested.
Test and Trace app
- The Test and Trace app has been launched nationally today, Thursday 24 September, with a far-reaching communications campaign. See the BBC article here.
- You can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store. The app features a postcode-based risk-level checker, symprotms-reproter tool, advice on staying in self-isolation and the means to order a coronavirus test. Read more here.
- Local Authorities are legally obliged to display a QR code in buildings including libraries, register offices, children’s centres, village halls, and day centres.
- Local Authorities are being urged to share the government’s communications and encourage colleagues, customers and residents to download the app.