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24/09/20 NHS COVID-19 App launched today The NHS COVID-19 app is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service (see more)

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
So what do I need to do?

Well, we’re encouraging you to download the NHS COVID-19 App now.

You can download it via the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663) or Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production)

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.
Watch video on how the process works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be)

Why should I download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If I download the app, am I being tracked?

The app will not track you or your location. Instead your postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. Your postcode district is the first part of your postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When you first download the app, you will be asked for your postcode district.

What happens if I have a positive test result?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell you to self-isolate. If you are under 18, you are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that you stay at home during this time. The app will help you keep track of your isolation period with a countdown timer showing you how much longer you need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if you feel unwell.

Will the app work if my phone is locked?

The app will work while your phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you have just restarted your phone, you must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and you don’t need to open the app.
Read this detailed guide complete with FAQs (https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf)
10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues

From today, venues selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaway deliveries.

The government is also introducing tougher enforcement powers for shutting down venues which don’t force people to stay apart.
Update on face coverings

You must now wear a face covering when travelling in private hire vehicles and taxis, and when visiting restaurants, bars and hospitality venues, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

From today, staff working in hospitality venues and shops are required to wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will also become law. Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers are still advised to wear face coverings.

The penalty for failing to wear a face covering (or breaking the rule of six) will double to £200 for first offence. If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, for example due to an underlying health condition, you remain exempt from these new obligations.
Find out more about other new government measures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september?utm_source=ee7f51e4-26d0-4250-96b8-cd1f24351659&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate)
Hands, Face, Space

We all need to play our part and remember the most effective way we can all help prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be the following:
* Washing our hands regularly
* Wearing a face covering where it’s required
* Making space for one another

More on the Hands, Face, Space campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter)