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New coronavirus rule to be made into law this Friday for pubs and hair salons
September 14, 2020
There has barely been time to get used to the "rule of six" but already the laws on coronavirus are set to change again before the end of the week.
New rules applying to the Covid-19 virus in pubs and hair salons are set to come in to effect on Friday – with the rules also applying to cafes, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
Until now, customers and clients at places like pubs and beauty salons have been asked to voluntarily leave contact details when entering the venues.
Now the rule is to become mandatory from this Friday and, in the case of pubs, cafes and restaurants, will apply to all those eating or drinking in, but not to those taking away.
The rules is expected to be fully defined later this week, and could also apply to cinemas – with patrons and customers expected to hand over their name, address, contact number and email.
The Mirror reports businesses will have to keep information for 21 days and hand it over to NHS Test and Trace when asked to do so.
And establishments will be able to deny entry to anyone who refuses to follow the rule – while organisations will face fines for not implementing it.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday: "NHS Test and Trace is a vital part of the Government’s response to fighting coronavirus, designed to help us return to a more normal way of life and reduce the need for local lockdowns in the future.
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“The system cannot operate without the cooperation of business. We are now mandating venues collect the necessary contact details and support NHS Test and Trace to stop the spread of the virus."
The new measures effectively mean venues will required by law to ask customers and visitors for their contact details for access to premises and services.
It is hoped this will in turn help with NHS Test and Trace to effectively track down anyone who may have come in to contact with a Covid-19 positive member of the pubic.
While the contact details recorded are expected to include an arrival time and departure time.
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Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: "Each and every one of us needs to play our part to control the virus and avoid a second deadly peak.
"While the vast majority of businesses have done an incredible job by following the guidance to keep customers safe, we are now making it the law for certain establishments to collect life-saving NHS Test and Trace data and to keep this on record for 21 days.
"We need to take these tough measures now to reduce the risk of local lockdowns in the future.
"If we don’t all pull together to drive this virus down, businesses will need to close and people’s jobs will be put at serious risk."