Free Covid Venues app for hospitality

Working with Hospitality Ulster, the Guinness Raising the Bar programme is offering a free contact tracing app to 1,000 hospitality venues including pubs, hotels and licensed restaurants across Northern Ireland now that outdoor re-opening has commenced.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:00 pm
Mark Mulholland, On Trade Sales Manager, Diageo Northern Ireland with Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster and Richard Black from Ryan’s Bar, Belfast

The Covid Venues app manages and simplifies contact tracing for venues in line with government guidelines and in a way that is GDPR secure.

The web app operates primarily through the use of QR codes and takes under 30 seconds for a customer to register their attendance at a venue. All data is stored for 21 days in a secure database before being automatically deleted.

Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster said: “After such a stressful and uncertain year, the industry is now reopening with outdoors first.”

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“The Covid Venues app, funded by the Guinness Raising the Bar programme, is an essential part of the reopening phase and we warmly welcome Diageo making this free to use for a year for 1,000 hospitality businesses.

“This is a very simple and straightforward process for hospitality business owners to sign up to and works all devices by providing verification and tracing in a fast and simple manner that is GDPR secure. Once again the hospitality sector stepping up to make sure that everyone in the industry is playing their part in creating a Covid secure environment for people to start to get back out and socialise, grab a pint and have their dinner after months and months of being confined to home.”

Mark Mulholland, On Trade Sales Manager, Diageo NI added: “Diageo is delighted to be able to fund the provision of the Covid Venues app in Northern Ireland through the Guinness Raising the Bar programme. It’s really quick to get your venue registered and we hope that it makes re-opening just a little bit easier in the weeks ahead knowing that all customer details are being securely collected in line with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.”

The app is free for 12 months from initial sign up. Venues can sign up quickly and easily by going to to register your venue on Covid Venues app.

The Guinness Raising the Bar fund has been available since June 2020 to assist pubs across the island of Ireland, to safely reopen and welcome back their customers. Any pub that registers with the programme can request a free reopening essentials kit, including 25L of hand sanitiser, serving trays, uniforms and take away cups.

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