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Update - Dorset Council

Covid-19 app launches tomorrow - 24 September 2020

It has also become mandatory for certain businesses and organisations to have a system in place to collect visitor data and keep it for 21 days.
The venues affected include those in the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • leisure and tourism
  • close contact services (such as salons)
  • places of worship
  • local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices and Town and Village Halls)

We are asking you and your communities to follow this new legal requirement to display the NHS QR posters so residents can check in to venues using the new NHS COVID-19 app. This must be done by 24 September. Please also ask residents in your communities to download the app when it is available from tomorrow, 24 September.
You can create and download your customised QR code poster 
Further information about the app and the QR code poster 
The requirement to display the poster does not replace your current methods of collecting customer data, as visitors may not have or use the app. If you are currently using a paper method to collect data from people without smartphones, please continue to do so.
If you have a venue outside of these mandatory categories that is visited by members of the public and has a space where people congregate, the Government would still encourage you to create a QR code poster for the entrance to that venue.
We will continue to share information on this topic as we receive it but if you have any questions please visit

Watch this short video about the app


Introducing the NHS COVID-19 app

11 September 2020

The latest news and updates from Dorset Council


Welcome to our town and parish council newsletter


Below you'll find all the latest news and messages from us including public health guidance, national advice around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as local news. In this issue:


Latest Covid information


Public Health update on COVID-19
cases in Dorset

Cases of COVID-19 remain low in Dorset but are showing an increase. Between 2 and 9 September, there were 37 confirmed positive cases in the Dorset Council area.

It's more important than ever to keep washing our hands, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and to keep 2 metres away from other people.


Latest updates from Public Health Dorset


New 'rule of 6' law for social gatherings

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. For example, it does not apply for education, training, or registered childcare, youth groups or activities, workplaces, voluntary or charitable services, weddings, funerals and organised team sports.


Find out more about the new measures


Certain businesses required by law to record contact details

From Friday 18 September, certain businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.

From this date, premises and venues across England where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas) must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff, which must be kept for 21 days.


Find out more


Holidays - returning to the UK

Be aware that you may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return home from some countries (now including French Polynesia, Hungary, Portugal and Reunion from 4am Saturday 12 September). Gov UK has a list of countries where you will have to self-isolate on your return to the UK.


Find out which countries are affected


What to do if you feel unwell, or live with someone who is unwell

Get a test now and don't leave home for at least 10 days if you have either:

  • A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • Loss or change in sense or smell or taste

You can find more information and advice about COVID-19 on the NHS website. The page is being updated regularly and is the best place to go for the latest health information.
Self-isolation guidance and social distancing guidance is available in other languages.


Local news


Update on schools

We're working closely with Public Health Dorset and all schools to safely manage any Coronavirus cases that occur.

It's really important to maintain social disatancing when dropping off and collecting your children from school, don't congregate around the school gates.


Find out what's happening at Dorset schools


Report on the consultation of dogs in open spaces is released

The consultation that gathered views from residents, visitors, businesses and other organisations about a dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the Dorset Council area received over 8,000 responses.
These views will be used to create a new Order that will give clarity and consistency for both dog-owners and non-owners. Councillors will discuss the proposed controls to be included in the new Order at Place and Resources Overview Committee on 21 September and recommend them to Cabinet on 6 October.


See the full report


Don't be afraid to reach out if you need support

Are you worried about losing your job or struggling to pay your bills? We're working with Citizens Advice to help people to seek support before things become more difficult.

Telephone the Dorset Citizens Advice line on 0344 411 1444


Reach out for support


Celebrating our brilliant Dorset Care Leavers' university achievements

A graduation celebration has been held to mark the success of nine Dorset Care Leavers who gained their degrees this summer.


Find out more and information about fostering


Don't miss the deadline to apply for your child's school place

Is your child due to start Secondary or Upper school in September 2021? You need to apply by 31 October 2020 for the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school.


Find out more and apply for your child's school place