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Friday December 4th 2020

NHS Covid 19 APP

The NHS COVID 19 app launches on Thursday 24 September and is the next step in the fight to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Surrey. With multiple functions and using the privacy preserving technology, the app is the fastest way to see if you are at risk from Coronavirus. The quicker you know, the faster you can protect yourself, your loved ones and others. The more Surrey residents that download the app, the longer we can continue to keep Surrey safe.

What does the app do?

  • Sends you an alert when you are at risk of infection.
  • Alerts you when the levels of Coronavirus are rising in your area.
  • The built in QR codes makes checking into bars and restaurants super easy, and you will be alerted if you’ve been near someone with the virus.
  • It’s the best way to avoid a local lockdown and keep the virus under control.
  • It helps you check your symptoms and book a test.
  • Explains how to isolate and helps you keep track of the number days if you have to.
  • Remember it tracks the virus – not you.
  • The ‘check-in’ feature provides users with a digital diary and can send you alerts if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with Coronavirus.
  • The app remembers who you’ve met, including people you don’t know, so you don’t have to – that includes on the bus or in a shop queue.


Privacy and personal data

It’s important to remember that the app tracks the virus – not you, which means all your personal data and information is always safe and protected. Any data shared on the app is held on your phone and the app doesn’t use GPS so nobody will know who or where you are.

Some need to know info

To download and use the app you must:-

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Live in England or Wales.
  • Have a compatible iOS or Android smartphone with Bluetooth.

Checking in using QR codes

Certain types of businesses will have a legal requirement to display a QR poster, ready for customers to scan using the App from 24 September.

Types of venues who will be legally obliged to display a QR poster are:-

  • Hospitality – bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes
  • Tourism and Leisure – museums, galleries, gyms, leisure centres
  • Local authority buildings
  • Places of worship
  • Close contact services
  • Where an event is taking place in a physical location

Look out for an NHS QR code poster when you enter these places so you can easily check-in using the app.

Love your local area

Lockdown was difficult for many people and we should all do what we can to prevent it. Let’s not only protect ourselves and our loved ones but also where we live so we can stop the spread of Coronavirus in our local areas.

Depending on your mobile device, visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search NHS COVID 19 app to download. For more information watch the NHS video or visit the NHS COVID 19 Test and Trace app webpage.