The NHS Test and Trace service will support businesses and economic recovery by:
- Providing free testing for anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus.
- Asking those that test positive and their close contacts to self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus in the workplace.
- Enabling the government to go further in safely lifting lockdown measures.
The new NHS Covid-19 app is now live. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a Coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have Coronavirus. Businesses and organisations should display official NHS QR code posters at their venue entrances to help support contact tracing. Details on how to create your poster can be found here. You can find further information and resources here.
It is now mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, including the hospitality and tourism and leisure sectors, close contact services, local authority run services and places of worship, and to retain customer details for 21 days. In the hospitality sector, pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to refuse entry or service to customers who refuse to provide NHS Test and Trace data. You can find out more about what this means for your business here.
Guidance on reporting an outbreak.
Get in touch with the Department of Health and Social Care for any queries that you may have on local lockdown with this new email created (updated 17.08.2020) TTDHSCexternalaffairs@dhsc.gov.uk
Government guidance has been issued which details that if you are able to work from home, then you should continue to do so for the foreseeable. All workers who cannot work from home should travel to their workplace either by bike, walking or private car.
If this is not possible, Travel South Yorkshire have up to date travel information and advice on using public transport in the region and what you need to do, including wearing a face covering on board all public transport as well as in interchanges and stations.