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NHS COVID-19 app launches to help control coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

From 24 September 2020 certain businesses in England are required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR codes so customers with the NHS COVID-19 app can use them to check-in.

QR codes will help businesses meet their legal requirement to log contact details and allow public health leads to send alerts based on whether people have checked in at venues. So far, more than 160,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes. 

You should create and display a QR code if you are:

Covid-19 Secure Risk Assessments

This training is funded by The National Lottery and is for groups and charities that support the Tamworth community.


Are you aware of your responsibilities to make your premises Covid-19 secure? Are you fully comfortable with completing risk assessments? Do you know what areas to cover in when you are considering your services?

This course will look at all aspects of ensuring you are safe to operate and is aimed at individuals and organisations who will be completing risk assessments on behalf of their organisation or group.

We will cover

Guidance for reopening community premises

Re-opening of community premises can begin to take place after 6th July, and careful consideration by trustees should be given to ensure community buildings are COVID secure.

The latest ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

The ACRE information is available by contacting your local Support Staffordshire Rural Officers:

Lifting Covid-19 restrictions in rural areas – some cursory thoughts

Over the bank holiday weekend, the government outlined a phased plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, conditional on the rate of the virus being reproduced (‘R’ value) falling to acceptable levels. Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, outlines some cursory thoughts on what this means for rural communities across England.