Pub staff will be asked to check drinkers’ phones to prove that they registered with the NHS Test and Trace app, when hospitality venues reopen on Monday (12 April), the Telegraph has reported.

It said the requirement formed part of the latest guidance on Test and Trace whereby each individual guest has to register, rather than just one person for the group as had been the case previously.

According to the Telegraph, the guidance states that “should someone choose to check in with the official NHS QR code poster, a venue should check their phone screen to ensure they have successfully checked in”.

However pub operators have raised concerns that this will place an additional burden on staff and could lead to employees receiving abuse from customers.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “This is putting high onus on individual staff working in premises to check people’s phones, and we are continuing to work with the Government to try and get a more pragmatic, proportionate and reasonable solution.

“We’re concerned to ensure that we minimise chances of harassment or abuse of staff.”