Pub chain Fuller's tells staff to switch off NHS app and come to work

Pub chain Fuller’s tells staff to switch off NHS app and come to work… in case they get pinged and are forced to self-isolate

  • Fuller’s brewery has advised staff to delete the NHS Covid app and come to work
  • London-based brewery’s advice is due to concerns they will have to self-isolate
  • In a text message, one manager said they should ‘pause’ it to avoid being notified

A pub chain has advised staff to delete the NHS Covid app over concerns they will be pinged and forced to self-isolate.

In a text message, a manager at London-based Fuller’s brewery, which operates more than 380 pubs, said they should ‘pause or delete the app to avoid being pinged to isolate’. 

The message reminded them that ‘there is no legal requirement to isolate’ but added: ‘If you are contacted by NHS Track and Trace you MUST by law comply and isolate.’

In a text message, a manager at London-based Fuller’s brewery, which operates more than 380 pubs, said they should ‘pause or delete the app to avoid being pinged to isolate’ (file photo)

The Government plans to ‘tweak’ the app, which alerts people when they have been in contact with someone with Covid.

A Fuller’s spokesman said: ‘We have shared guidance provided by our trade association, UK Hospitality, regarding the NHS app and the confirmation that notifications are advisory only. 

‘This guidance also recommends that team members turn off contact tracing at work or when phones are in lockers. We have not told anyone to delete the app.’

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