Covid app venue check-ins plummet by more than 12,000 in South Tyneside since restrictions eased in July

The amount of people using the NHS track and trace app to check into venues has fallen by 12,286 in South Tyneside since restrictions eased on July 19.

Monday, 20th September 2021, 5:00 am

Since the easing of almost all Covid-19 restrictions across England and Wales, the amount of people in South Tyneside using the NHS track and trace app to check-in at venues has plummeted.

Mandatory check-ins for pubs, restaurants and other venues were dropped in England on July 19 and despite it no longer being legally required, venues are “strongly encouraged” to ask customers to check in to help control the virus.

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The number of Covid app check-ins across venues in South Tyneside has plummeted since coronavirus restrictions eased in July. Photo: Getty Images.

In just the seven day period after restrictions easing, check-ins fell to 4,756 for the week ending July 28 and continued to decline right throughout August.

The latest figures for the week ending September 1 show that just 1,108 check-ins were made via the app in venues across South Tyneside – a difference of 12,286 since July 21.

That means that South Tyneside has seen a 91.7% drop in the amount of check-ins since restrictions were eased on July 19.

As a result, South Tyneside is the 92nd highest local authority area in England and Wales for the biggest drop since July.

For August alone, the app saw a 70.7% drop in usage at venues – putting Wearside as the fifth highest place in England and Wales for the month.

It appears that the decline in check-ins is the trend across the North East, with Newcastle seeing a drop of 36,931 since July, which equates to a decline of 93.6%.

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A drop of 25,349 has been recorded in Sunderland and in Hartlepool, there has been 7,390 less check-ins since restrictions eased.

Across the North East, Newcastle has seen the biggest drop, followed by Sunderland in second and Gateshead in third.

North Tyneside and South Tyneside complete the top five areas with the biggest drop in check-ins respectively.

Nationally, more than one million fewer people checked into venues using the NHS Covid app in August across England and Wales.

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