Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:08

NHS Test and Trace responsibilities + Free Lateral Flow Tests for employees

NHS Test and Trace

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.

This is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner.

The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is therefore critical that organisations take a range of measures to keep everyone safe.

Venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services, community centres and village halls must:

  • ask every customer or visitor (over the age of 16) to provide their name and contact details
  • keep a record of all staff working on their premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details
  • keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested
  • display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can 'check in' using the NHS COVID-19 app as an alternative to providing their contact details
  • adhere to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Hospitality venues have additional requirements and must also take reasonable steps to refuse entry to anyone who refuses to participate.

Failure to do any of these requirements could result in fixed penalty fines.

This guidance provides further instructions on how to fulfil these requirements.

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Free Lateral Flow Testing for Employees

You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. If you have 10 or more employees, from early April you'll be able to order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. You can do this if you cannot provide testing in the workplace. You must register your business on this link Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) You must register by 11:59pm on 12 April 2021.

A rapid test is available to anyone who is not displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

For further details please see the below link:

Follow this link for the latest information on Covid-19 restrictions

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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