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Play your part: Businesses and residents urged to support new COVID-19 App

by Jonathan Kearney

Businesses, community centres, places of worship and any other public-facing venues across Knowsley are being urged to support the new NHS COVID-19 App.

The COVID-19 App, which is being rolled out on Thursday 24 September, will support the NHS Test and Trace Programme and help track coronavirus on a more localised level.

Business and other organisations are encouraged to display posters in their premises with a unique QR code that will enable customers and visitors to ‘check in’ via the app. This will make it easier for the NHS to trace people who may have COVID-19.

The app allows people to report symptoms, order a COVID-19 test, and check in to venues by scanning a QR code.

You can register to receive a QR code for your business by email. You can then print out the poster to be placed in a prominent position within your premises – ideally at the front entrance or in a window. If you have more than one venue you will have to generate a separate QR code for each location.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, has written to all businesses in Knowsley to encourage them to support the app in the continued battle against coronavirus.

He said: “Partners across the Borough have worked collaboratively and effectively as part of a Knowsley Better Together approach to protecting and supporting our communities, our businesses, and the most vulnerable. We all need to redouble our efforts and play our part by taking steps to slow the spread of the virus.  We want to minimise disruption and prevent any further harm to our personal health and the local economy. By supporting the new COVID-19 you will be playing your part in supporting the NHS Test and Trace programme and helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

Businesses who are already using their own QR system should switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.  As well as supporting the app, all businesses must also make arrangements to maintain an alternative check-in method to collect the contact details of those who visit their premises, for example a handwritten register.

You can find out more information about the new NHS COVID-19 App here.