04 Sep 2020

Tourists given access to NHS app

Tourists heading to the Isle of Wight will once again be able to download and use the NHS Test and Trace app following a further extension of the trial.

The app was first made available to visitors over the bank holiday weekend resulting in more than 32,000 flyers containing eight-digit unique codes being handed-out at mainland terminals and onboard ferries.

The codes give tourists access to the NHS QR ‘check-in’ feature at venues, such as pubs and restaurants, which are displaying the NHS QR poster.

From tomorrow (Saturday) until 10 September, app ambassadors will continue to work with ferry companies Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel to distribute the leaflets while adhering to the government’s strict social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks and gloves.

Council leader Dave Stewart said: “I understand last weekend was a huge success with many positive comments of support from people visiting the Island and I am very happy to support this further extension of the app test.

“It is important that visitors take part in the Island initiative to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by improving contact tracing."

 

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The app was first made available to tourists over the bank holiday weekend
The app was first made available to tourists over the bank holiday weekend
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  • The codes give tourists access to the NHS QR ‘check-in’ feature at venues, such as pubs and restaurants, which are displaying the NHS QR poster.
  • App ambassadors will continue to work with ferry companies Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel to distribute the leaflets.
 
Isle of Wight, UK