The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a public health emergency. To control the spread of the coronavirus, and to facilitate the NHS Test and Trace, the government of the United Kingdom has made it obligatory for businesses, religious institutions, restaurants, as well as other venues, to keep a record of the staff, customers and visitors who have toured the facility.
These efforts are made in order to contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), by maintaining a record. This record can help the NHS Trace and Test service to identify any party who may potentially have been in contact with an individual with a positive coronavirus case while visiting at a specific venue. With this information, the people at risk can be contacted and localised outbreaks can be prevented, prior to their occurrence.
Regulations Made by The Department of Health and Social Care
The Department of Health and Social Care has laid down a few regulations for businesses to follow. These include:
- Businesses must collect the names and phone numbers of all the workers physically present at the venue. In addition to this, the date and time duration, during which they worked must also be submitted.
- Businesses are also required to collect the name and contact number of customers, as well as visitors, who are present on the site. In the case, a group is visiting the premises, the name and contact information of the leader must be collected, knowing that this individual is knowledgeable of the identities and contact numbers of group members, and has the ability to reach out to other members of the group.
- Businesses must also keep a record of the date, time of arrival, as well as the departure time for visitors and group members.
- Businesses are required to maintain this record for twenty-one days, which is the marginal period for demonstrating the symptoms of the coronavirus. After this duration, all records should be erased.
- While it is not mandatory, businesses are encouraged to use a digitalised system to record keeping.
- While storing the personal information of staff and customers, businesses are legally obligated to abide by the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This suggests that the personal information of the clients must only be shared with the NHS Test and Trace service, on the condition that they require it.
By following these requirements, the NHS Test and Trace and contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Perkss complies by the aforementioned regulations stated by the Department of Health and Social Care. We encourage visitors to form virtual queues and maintain social distancing-unless required otherwise.