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Castilla-La Mancha forces customers to download QR code to facilitate tracking

This Friday, the inhabitants of Castilla-La Mancha will be able to set foot in a bar or restaurant again after 26 days of closure of the hotel business, one of the measures that the regional government activated to stop infections in this third wave of coronavirus.

When they do, they must unlock the mobile to show a QR code, a new mandatory protocol from this midnight, which has the objective of being able to track and locate contacts as quickly as possible in case of contagion. in one of those establishments.

To download this code, explains a spokesman for the regional executive, the information “will be sent today [for this Thursday] by SMS from Health to hoteliers and tomorrow from 12.00 to citizens”, just over two million people, Therefore, there will be a few days between the entry into force of the measure and its enforcement.

“Yes, there will be a small margin,” confirms that spokesperson. “The best thing is for hoteliers to download it today,” adds the same source, even though there is a short transition period.

On the one hand, hotel and catering establishments must register as such on the website that the community has created ( to implement this protocol. Once the registration is made, the Responsible Leisure application in CLM will have to be downloaded, which is accessed through the username and password obtained during registration.

Once activated, and each time a customer enters, they will have to register the citizen’s QR code, who has to follow a slightly different process to obtain it.

In the case of being a user of these premises, you also have to enter the same website, and register with your name, surname, ID and telephone number. Once this registration is complete, the code is sent via SMS to the mobile number you have entered. Then you just have to download it. “The QR code you receive is encrypted, so the store will not have your information.

These data will only be used by the health authority of Castilla-La Mancha in the event of detecting a case of covid-19, to track possible contacts and communicate with them ”, clarify the instructions on the website.

Last July, the Government of Castilla-La Mancha approved a regulation to identify with DNI and telephone number all the people who accessed nightlife venues after 1.00, as a measure to avoid closing the sector.

The responsibility for collecting the data fell on the premises, so that if someone refused to give up their ID and mobile, access was prevented, and if the bar or disco did not apply this control, they could be sanctioned with the closure .

Applications that allow contact tracing, which have been used in Asian countries such as South Korea, Singapore and China to control the pandemic, have little success in Spain. Radar Covid has failed in its task of becoming a useful tool against the coronavirus epidemic in Spain.

After five months since its launch at the end of January, only 42,000 positives had been registered in the app , less than those notified some days of the third wave, barely 2% of the diagnoses that have occurred since then. Its lack of use, insufficient communication from the authorities and the scarce involvement of the autonomous communities explain this failure.

Only seven, Castilla-La Mancha among them, are providing a significant number of codes with respect to their cases: Cantabria, Galicia, Basque Country, Asturias, Castilla y León and Madrid. All the others report less than 7%.

The Xunta de Galicia launched its PassCovid application on October 17 of last year . It is a complementary tool to that of the central government, which allows users to inform their close contacts of a contagion and also to register the establishments where they have been, through a QR code available in each location, in the initiative most similar to the Castellanomanchega in Spain, although it is not mandatory to do so.

The data is saved in the application for 10 days to inform those who have visited the place, in the event of an outbreak, reports Caridad Bermeo.About 58,000 people have downloaded the application on their mobile, according to data from the Xunta.

The platform also allows users to know the measures and restrictions that are in force in each municipality, offers a direct channel to contact the Health Service, as well as updated information on the situation of the pandemic in the community. Citizens also receive health warnings and recommendations.

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