Health, Latest News | Posted: Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 7:53 am | return to news

New NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app launches

The Government is launching a new Test and Trace app today (24 September) to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.


Everyone who downloads the app will be helping to prevent the spread of the virus by notifying users if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.

From today you will be able to go to your usual app store on your smartphone and download the app – search for NHS COVID-19. Some features of the app include risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking. Please be assured that the app tracks the virus, not the individual.

It is also now mandatory for some businesses and organisations to have a system in place to collect visitor data and keep it for 21 days.

The venues affected include those in the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • leisure and tourism
  • close contact services (such as salons)
  • places of worship
  • local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices, Leisure Centres and Town and Village Halls)

From today we should start seeing these businesses with the NHS QR posters in their venues for customers and users to check-in with the new NHS COVID-app at that location.

If we all download and start using the app, we will be doing our bit to keep each other safe and stop infection rates in Dorset rising.

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

Don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, businesses may continue to collect customers’ data using a log book or other paper method.

For all questions about the app please visit

To see a video about the app›, follow this link:

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