COUNCIL bosses have urged residents to work together with businesses ahead of the countrywide launch of the new NHS coronavirus app this week.

The app, which is available to the public from Thursday (September 24), will help the government’s track and trace scheme where visitors of local bars, shops or restaurants will check in on the app.

Businesses across the town will be legally required to display QR posters in their venues to allow customers who have downloaded the app to check in.

To download the QR code posters, businesses should visit the government’s website.

Julia Burrows, director of public health, said: “It is vital that residents and businesses in Barnsley work together with the launch of the new NHS coronavirus app to make sure it is strong and successful at protecting our communities through track and tracing.

“I would strongly encourage everybody that can, to use this new app, which provides a safe and secure way to accurately track any person who has been in contact with somebody that has tested positive for coronavirus.

“It’s important that now more than ever, we are following regulations set out by the government which will help us protect lives in Barnsley.”