These tools are part of the large-scale COVID-19 testing and tracing programme called NHS Test and Trace and we need to encourage as many people as possible in Birmingham to start using them.

The App will be used to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19. It also alerts people at risk of COVID-19, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others, as well as providing local area alerts and QR venue check-in. The App is vital as it will help the NHS to understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area. This will help local authorities can respond to it quickly, stop it spreading further and ultimately save lives. The app can do all this whilst also protecting the user’s anonymity – no one, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

The key messages that we currently need you to convey to your family, friends and local community regarding the NHS COVID-19 App and NHS QR Codes for venues are:

  • Download the NHS COVID-19 App today – it’s the simplest way to protect yourself and those you love
  • The new NHS COVID-19 App is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk of Coronavirus
  • Create a Coronavirus NHS QR Code for your venue


The NHS COVID-19 App can be downloaded now from:

Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production
Apple app store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663

NHS QR Codes for venues:

Businesses can now use an online service to create a QR code to be put on display in their venue. Visitors can scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 App. This is also a key element in helping to trace and stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you know a venue owner, or visit a venue where they are not displaying a QR code, please make them aware that venues should create and display a QR code if they are:

  • A business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • An event which is taking place in a physical location

Please note that if owners have more than one venue, they need to create separate QR codes for each location. Users can add multiple locations in the service.

QR posters can be created by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster

Please spread the word about this vital information and help keep Birmingham COVID-secure.