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Covid-19: Rapid testing available to all businesses in England

All businesses in England can now sign up to receive free rapid coronavirus tests under the government’s workplace testing programme.

The UK Government is recommending that where it’s essential to have staff on-site, businesses in England should provide rapid coronavirus testing.

This would be particularly helpful where there are large numbers of staff who cannot work from home such as manufacturing, transport, distribution warehouses and construction etc.

The benefit of implementing a programme of testing is that one in three who have the virus is asymptomatic. Without the testing of asymptomatic staff, the virus could spread unchecked.

The type of coronavirus testing described is a lateral flow test. A swab of the nose and throat is put through a simple analytic process and gives a result in about half an hour. Previously, only those firms with more than 250 staff qualified for free Government supplied test packs but now workplace testing is available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees.

Regular testing could be the difference between a workplace being able to stay open and operational, or needing to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Register to order free lateral flow coronavirus tests

Businesses have until 31 March to register for the scheme, which remains free until the end of June.

Charities and other organisations
You will need to register by email if you are:

a charity
a building society
a partnership
a sole proprietor
an Act of Parliament


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