Shoothill launches Covid tracer app

By James Pugh | Business | Published:

An innovative new service has been launched by software specialist Shoothill to make it easier for pubs and restaurant owners to keep temporary records of their customers as advised by the Government.

Rod Plummer, managing director of software specialist Shoothill

The Shrewsbury-based firm has launched 'Covid Tracer' to help businesses owners who face the additional task of collecting customers’ personal data.

Shoothill believes this will prove a challenge, particularly for small business owners who are unfamiliar with data protection responsibilities and law. Many simply do not have the knowledge or systems in place to record customers’ personal details, it said.

The free to use, free to register website will allow any business to record their customers’ details for potential

Businesses will register with Covid Tracer for free and are given a unique ID and a database.

Pub, shop and restaurant owners will then be able to print off a PDF with a specific QR code for them to place in their premises

Customers who enter the establishment will use their phone to scan the webform and fill it in with their basic details

The details will be stored on the database for 21 days. If there is an outbreak of coronavirus then businesses can easily trace who was at their premises at that time

Rod Plummer, managing director of Shoothill said: “We all want and need to get the economy back up and running and the opening of pubs and restaurants is hopefully the beginning of a return to normality.


"The Government advice on collecting data is not mandatory but if cases of coronavirus spike and businesses don’t at least try to promote some sort of tracing solution like this, then we could see towns and cities going back into lockdown very quickly.

"The problem right now is that no-one seems to know the answer as to how pubs and restaurants will be able to register who has been in their premises and so I suspect many will simply ignore the guidance. That is why we have created Covid Tracer which solves this problem and eases the pain for both the business owner and the customer.”

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James Pugh

By James Pugh

Shropshire Star Business and Farming Editor.

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