Those in England and Wales will be able to download a new contact tracing app on September 24, the government has announced.
The long-awaited contact tracking app has been confirmed for both iPhone and Android devices. With this app you can scan QR codes to register your visit to places like pubs and restaurants.
Businesses across England and Wales are asked to display QR codes visibly at their locations to ensure you can easily find one to scan. This new app also works in combination with the NHS Test & Trace service.
September 24th is the big day
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We must use every tool we can to control the spread of the virus, including cutting-edge technology. The launch of the app later this month in England and Wales is a pivotal moment and will support our capabilities. ”
The government has yet to confirm the name of the app or which devices it will be compatible with. Some in Scotland who use an alternative app have complained that it is not compatible with all smartphones. This can be an issue that also affects service in England and Wales.
Northern Ireland was the first part of the UK to have access to a contact tracking app back in August. If you live in Northern Ireland you can download it now from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Scotland’s own contact tracking app has been available for download since September 10th. If you live in Scotland you can download it now from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
The wait for a contact tracking app across the UK has been a long one. The app’s debut was originally scheduled for May. Attempts with the software on the Isle of Wight were unsuccessful, so the start was postponed several times.