Every pub-goer must check in with the Covid app from April 12.
Under new regulations, every patron must be able to be contract traced either by using the app or giving their contact details when entering a pub or restaurant in a group.
The new rule comes as part of the Government’s plan to keep infection rates down as they ease lockdown restrictions.
When pubs first opened after the first lockdown in 2020, only one member of a group needed to provide contact details to check-in.
However, now every member must scan their app – coinciding with the new offer of free rapid testing for everyone in England.
The Government regulations state: “To coincide with the offer of free rapid testing for everyone, there will be updates to the NHS COVID-19 app in England from 8 April.
"In line with new regulations, when a group enters a hospitality venue, every individual must check either by scanning the official NHS QR code poster with the NHS COVID-19 app, or by providing their contact details.
"Previously, only the lead member of the group needed to provide contact details to check-in."
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The new check-in means that if punters have been in the same venue as someone who tests positive for the virus, they will be sent an alert telling them to book a test immediately, whether or not they have symptoms.
Boris Johnson has also vowed that every single person in England will be entitled to twice-weekly free rapid Covid tests from April 9.
The lateral flow tests provide results in around half an hour and will be available to anyone regardless of whether they have Covid-19 symptoms or not.
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People will be able to order kits at home or collect batches through their workplaces and schools or via the network of testing centres that have been set up across the country.
Previously rapid tests have only been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work reasons, including frontline NHS workers and schools.
Boris Johnson said the rollout of the kits would give freedom back to the public.
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