More than a quarter of Brits who visited hairdressers and bars and other venues this week were never asked for contact details for the test and trace system.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show just 31% were always asked to provide their names and numbers.

Just 15% said they were very often asked and 26% said they were never. Out of those who were, 69% said they gave their details every time, but 11% rarely did or never bothered.

It comes as new laws come into force from today making it compulsory for venues in England to record visitors’ details.

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Many businesses were already doing so under Government guidance, but now they can be fined up to £1,000 for flouting the rules, rising to £4,000 for repeat offenders.

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Pubs and restaurants will soon have to display an official QR code so customers can check in on the NHS contact tracing app, which is due to launch on Tuesday next week.

From today, venues must not take bookings of more than six people in order to abide by the Government’s new limit on social gatherings and to ensure there is enough space between tables.

Businesses will be expected to make sure their customers are aware of the rules around QR codes by displaying posters and speaking to customers directly.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘With cases rising, it is vital NHS Test and Trace continues to reach as many people as possible to prevent further transmission of the virus.

‘Businesses have a duty to ensure this function is in place, and those not complying will face fines.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: ‘With cases on the rise, each and every one of us needs to play our part to control the virus and to save lives.

‘Businesses up and down the country have taken great steps to welcome customers back safely, but at this critical moment in the fight against the virus, we need to take these tough measures to reduce the risk of another national lockdown in the future.

‘In order to keep these venues open and protect jobs, it is absolutely vital that businesses comply with these new regulations and make sure their customers are following the rules.’

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