NHS COVID-19 APP LAUNCHING THIS THURSDAY,
regular update from John Bridge OBE DL
The NHS Covid-19 app will be launched across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September. Following the launch of the app, customers and visitors in England will be able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a Coronavirus outbreak.
Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.
When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone. This information will stay on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a Coronavirus outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent to all devices. The device will check if users have been at that location and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what to do based on the level of risk.
Chambers in England and Wales should share this information with members and encourage them to start generating and displaying NHS QR posters using the information below: • How to create a QR code poster for your venue
• Introducing the NHS COVID-19 app - Explainer Pack
Coronavirus testing guidance for employers
Some employers and third-party healthcare providers may want to introduce their own internal testing programmes outside of the NHS Test and Trace service. This guidance will help them ensure that their testing programmes are as reliable and effective as possible including: • Legislation, regulations and best practice
• Virus and antibody testing
• How to interpret test results
• Next steps after a positive or negative test.
It is important to note that the NHS Test and Trace service is for those who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been advised to take a test by a medical practitioner or public service. Employer and third-party healthcare providers wishing to provide a test to staff must not advise individuals without symptoms to get a test from the limited supply offered by the NHS Test and Trace service, but may offer alternative private provision, in accordance with this guidance.
You can review the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care here.
High Court finds in favour of policyholders in the business insurance test case
At the height of the lockdown, there were a large number of disputes between businesses and insurers over whether their cover included the impact of Coronavirus. In response, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) brought a test case, asking the High Court to decide on the correct interpretation of a selection of policies.
Last Tuesday, the High Court ruled that the disease clauses in some business interruption policies should have meant that those businesses were covered. This brings some guidance to how business interruption insurance wordings should operate in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, given that this is a test case on a sample of policies, the majority of business interruption policies may not be affected. Find more on the High Court Ruling.