PUBS will ask names of one customer per group to help contact tracers track punters should there be a Covid-19 outbreak.
This includes recording drinkers’ names and phone numbers when the coronavirus lockdown eases on what has been dubbed “Super-Saturday”.
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The measures were revealed in new government guidance published tonight which require pubs and restaurants to jot down the name and contact details of one person per group.
The designated person will then be responsible for handing over the contact details of their mates to public health officials if there is a local coronavirus outbreak.
Ministers hope the move will help suppress Covid-19 after the July 4 reopening of pubs by easing the efforts of tracers to track down and isolate anyone who may have come into contact with an infected individual.
But the move is not mandatory and customers can refuse to give their details, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
NHS Test and Trace executive chair Baroness 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.”
Cinemas, museums, zoos and theme parks will also be among the firms asked to record visitors’ arrival and departure time alongside their contact details for 21 days before safely deleting the details.
When dealing with a group, the businesses will be just asked to take the details of the lead member who can then inform the rest of the group if a contact tracer gets in touch.
If individuals are told by tracers that they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, they are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
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