Help stop the spread of coronavirus with the NHS COVID-19 app

Since churches have been allowed to open for public Masses in July, trace and track has been a strong focus to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Those who enter the church are asked to pre book for the weekend masses and make sure that we have their names and contact details.In addition you are asked to use the NHS COVID-19 app available on App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

Once the app is installed on your device, you can scan the QR code you will see displayed as you enter the church using the app. Your visit to the church will be recorded and you get alerted if you’ve visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

The QR code will look like this:

How does it work?

Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app.

The NHS COVID-19 app has been built in collaboration with some of the most innovative organisations in the world.

The NHS has worked with medical experts, privacy groups and at-risk communities. And they have shared knowledge with the teams working on similar apps in many countries.

The app runs on proven software developed by Apple and Google, designed so that nobody will know who or where you are. And you can delete your data, or the app, at any time.

It has a number of features:

Trace: find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
Check-in: get alerted if you’ve visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

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