The NHS COVID-19 app is available to help people protect themselves, and others, against coronavirus. It is part of the large-scale national testing and contact tracing programme called ‘NHS Test and Trace’.

It allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, helping the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.

The app will help the NHS understand where, and how quickly, the virus is spreading, so it can respond appropriately. It does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

The app is supported by regulations, which came into force on 24 September 2020, stating that certain venues are legally required to display NHS QR posters. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • leisure and tourism
  • close contact services
  • places of worship
  • local authority venues

The QR posters will allow users of the new app to scan the QR code to ‘check-in’ as they enter a venue. This means that if people visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time can be alerted.

To download the NHS COVID-19 app, search for 'NHSCOVID-19' in the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone.

Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app, on the NHS website.

For more information on how to create and download the QR poster visit the NHS website.