Tourists heading to the Isle of Wight will once again be able to download and use the NHS Test and Trace app following a further extension of the trial.
The app was first made available to visitors over the Bank Holiday Weekend resulting in more than 32,000 flyers containing 8-digit unique codes being handed-out at mainland terminals and onboard ferries.
The codes give tourists access to the NHS QR ‘check-in’ feature at venues, such as pubs and restaurants, which are displaying the NHS QR poster.
From tomorrow (Saturday) until 10th September, app ambassadors will continue to work with ferry companies Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel to distribute the leaflets while adhering to the government’s strict social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks and gloves.
Council leader Dave Stewart said:
“I understand last weekend was a huge success with many positive comments of support from people visiting the Island and I am very happy to support this further extension of the app test.
“It is important that visitors take part in the Island initiative to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by improving contact tracing.”
It’s being assumed by many that tourists are being encouraged to download the app due to a low take-up amongst Islanders, who were already disheartened by the performance of the first app. The compatibility of the new app with Android and Apple phones has also been talked about on social media.