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RANS Partners with SimplyCast to Provide Check-in Solution, Receives 40,000+ Check-ins First Month
The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia has selected SimplyCast as the provider for a province-wide COVID-19 check-in solution for dine-in restaurants. Dine-in locations across Nova Scotia can access the solution through this partnership for free.
As of November 23, 2020, all dine-in locations in Nova Scotia are required to collect contact information for all dine-in service patrons for the purposes of COVID-19 contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 exposure risk. Up until now, many restaurants, taprooms, and other dine-in establishments have relied on pen-and-paper solutions.
"The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS) is very pleased to be part of a pilot project with the government to administer a contact tracing solution for the restaurant industry," said Gordon Stewart, Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. "We are very excited to be working directly with SimplyCast to offer a solution that is quick and simple for both the restaurants and patrons checking in. It is our hope that contact tracing will assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and help get us one step closer to a pandemic-free future."
"We are so happy somebody figured this out!" said Michael Casey, owner and operator or Finbar's Irish Pub. "Our staff and patrons definitely prefer this system to pen and paper, which didn't exactly inspire confidence and our patrons like that their info goes straight to NS Health."
Before patrons enter, they simply text a keyword and send it to 11011. The patron will then enter, show the confirmation SMS, and proceed with his/her visit. In the event that a patron does not have a cellphone, each restaurant is also provided with a unique web form that can be completed on location. This time stamped information is stored within the SimplyCast platform and can be access by Public Health if patrons need to be notified of a COVID-19 risk.
"SimplyCast is very happy to be able to do its part to help stop the spread of COVID-19," said Saeed El-Darahali, President and CEO of SimplyCast. "We've always been proud of the flexibility of our solution and it's exciting to see associations like RANS find use cases that benefit their members and make our communities safer."