Venues required by law to record contact details
The government has announced that premises across England where people meet socially, such as hospitality venues, tourism and leisure venues and close contact services, must, by law, record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff to help tackle the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Many have already been collecting and sharing data, but following the recent move to ban social gatherings of more than six people, the data collection programme will now be formally mandated from 18 September.
It means that businesses like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas will be legally required to request the contact details of every customer and visitor on their premises as well as keep a record of all staff working on a given day. They must have a system in place to record and store the information for 21 days and share it with NHS Test and Trace, if requested.
It’s so the NHS Test and Trace service can effectively contact everyone who may have been exposed to the virus if an outbreak should occur and to provide the appropriate public health advice, which will help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).require