From Thursday 24th September certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in.

QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues.

So far, more than 160,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes. Venues in Wales that are legally required to collect and keep a record of visitors will still need to do so.

You can get a free QR code for your business from the UK Government website:

What do I need to get my QR code?

Before you start you will need:

  • your email address
  • the address of your business, place of worship, community organisation or event

If you have more than one venue, you will also need:

  • the address of each location
  • an email address for the manager (or point of contact) for each location
  • a phone number for the manager (or point of contact) for each location

Getting your QR code

You’ll receive your QR code poster by email soon after you have submitted your information. If you have more than one location, the manager (or point of contact) for each location will also receive a unique QR code poster by email.

What to do when you receive your QR code?

When you receive your QR code poster you should:

  • print the poster
  • display the poster somewhere visitors can see it and scan it when they arrive, for example next to the entrance
  • ask visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using their NHS COVID-19 app
  • display as many posters as you need to, to avoid queues forming
  • If you do not have a printer, you can show the QR code on a display screen, such as a TV or tablet. Make sure it’s within reach so visitors can scan it with their mobile phones.

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