Punters looking for a drink in a pub this weekend will be expected to hand over their personal details, according to new guidelines.
Details on what information pubs will need from their customers have now been clarified ahead of their long-awaited reopening on Saturday.
Pub-goers should record their names and phone number upon entry so they cane be easily traced if a Covid-19 outbreak occurs on the premesis.
In addition, the arrival and departure time of each customer should also be recorded and the date on which they arrived.
And if you are going in a group – the ‘lead member’ should give the names and mobile numbers of those in the group.
However, health authorities have admitted that the rules are not ‘mandatory’ and patrons can simply refuse to hand out information.
Thousands of pubs across the country are planning to open their doors on Saturday as the coronavirus lowdown is eased.
The guidance, released on Thursday by the Department of Health and Social Care, applies to pubs, restaurants, cinemas and similar venues.
It is up to the discretion of management on how they want to collect to the information which must be deleted after three weeks.
The guidance states states: “It is up to each business to determine how to collect this information.
“The guidance encourages the use of digital systems for ease where possible, however organisations are free to use any logging system that works best for them.
“This information will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of Covid-19.”
It is hoped the rules will help authorities track down people who may have come into contact with the virus during a night out.
The guidance adds: “The records will help NHS Test and Trace to reach anyone who may at a later date be found to have potentially been in contact with a positive coronavirus case whilst at a particular venue, helping to quickly contact people at risk of the virus and prevent localised outbreaks before they occur.”
However, the guidance concedes the rules are legally unenforcable.
“While the government continues to encourage everyone to play their part to curb the virus, if a member of the public does not wish to share their contact details, it is not mandatory.
“For instance, if someone provides information when contacting the business, for example when booking a haircut, they can inform the organisation they do not what their details shared with NHS Test and Trace.”
Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace, Baroness Dido Harding said: “The virus has not gone, but we can live more safely alongside it.
“As we all start to visit more places and come into contact with a wider group of people in the coming weeks, we now need businesses and the public to play their part in this new national effort by sharing their contact details.
“That way, if someone does test positive our dedicated team at NHS Test and Trace can quickly spring-into-action to contact those who may be at risk and advise them to self-isolate, helping everyone stay safe.”