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Pause contact tracing by selecting 'Manage contact tracing' on the home screen, then toggle on or off.

You should pause contact tracing when you:

  • are working behind a fixed screen and are fully protected from other people

  • store your phone in a locker or communal area, for example while working or taking part in a leisure activity like swimming

  • are a worker in health and social care and are wearing medical grade PPE such as a surgical mask

  • are a healthcare worker working in a healthcare building such as a hospital or GP surgery (read more about using the app as a healthcare worker)

You can set a reminder to turn contact tracing back on after 4 hours, 8 hours or 12 hours. Read more about what this reminder notification looks like.

When contact tracing is paused, you will still be able to check into venues with an official NHS QR code poster. Read more about the difference between contact tracing and venue check-in.