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More restaurants could reopen in France provided that a trial scheme of the TousAntiCovid mobile application proves successful.

As French road transport website Les Routiers reports, in the coming days truckers should indicate their presence at a restaurant by scanning a QR code affixed to the entrance. Restaurants currently allowed to open will be required to display a QR code that connects with the TousAntiCovid application.

By conducting this test, the French Government wants to assess the ability of the app to act as a track and trace mechanism. The hope is that drivers could be contacted within three days if they have been near someone who has tested positive for the virus.

Should the trial work out, a gradual reopening of more restaurants could be considered (and not just roadside restaurants).

In the event the app finds an individual to have been in the vicinity of someone with coronavirus, they will receive one of two notifications. In situations where the person was exposed to coronavirus at a “high risk” location, they will receive a notification calling for them to be tested. In less risky locations, a basic contact case notification will be sent to them.

Provided the app works well in restaurants, it could also be deployed at other venues such as theaters and cinemas.

The TousAntiCovid app is available for both Android and Apple smartphones.


Photo credit: François GOGLINS / Wikimedia Commons + TousAntiCovid

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