Public encouraged to supply data as coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures ease

Public encouraged to supply data as coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures ease

The Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding, has encouraged the public, businesses and organisations to play their part in a new national effort by providing their names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from 4 July 2020 to help the NHS Test and Trace service in the national effort to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The records will help NHS Test and Trace to reach anyone who may at a later date be found to have potentially been in contact with a positive coronavirus case while at a particular venue, helping to quickly contact people at risk of the virus and prevent localised outbreaks before they occur. The Department of Health and Social Care published new guidelines detailing the steps pubs, restaurants, cinemas and similar venues can take to support the NHS Test and Trace Service to contain outbreaks before they occur, preventing the return of lockdown measures and helping to protect the public and save lives.

The guidelines, which can be accessed here, cover the following subjects:

• the information to collect

• how records should be maintained

• when information should be shared with NHS Test and Trace

• how NHS Test and Trace will take steps to minimise transmission

Source: Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19 

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