All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.
- Workplace testing now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees
- Business encouraged to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testing
- Regular testing will be a vital part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus in workplaces without knowing. Rapid testing detects cases quickly – in under 30 minutes – meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission.
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. It will form a crucial part of the government’s plan to gradually and safely ease restrictions as we get back to a more normal life.
So far over 3,500 businesses are signed up to offer workplace testing programmes, and over 14,000 have registered their interest in offering rapid testing, with many already rolling tests out.
Businesses have until 31 March to register for the government’s workplace testing scheme, which will remain free until the end of June. All those who can work from home should continue to do so.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
"Regular workplace testing is a vital part of our route back to normal life, which is why I’m very pleased that we’re now expanding our offer of free workplace testing to businesses of all sizes, including SMEs.
"These rapid tests will allows positive cases of Covid-19 to be caught quickly, which is crucial in helping businesses protect their workplaces and employees as we cautiously lift restrictions.
"I urge all businesses to register their interest in the programme before 31 March to help break chains of transmission and keep people safe."
The test kits are free of charge until 30 June 2021 for firms that have registered by 31 March at gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests
Doncaster Council is also offering rapid lateral flow testing for small businesses if they can’t offer rapid workplace testing. Doncaster businesses can find their local test site here: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/health-wellbeing/covid19-testing
The local testing sites in Doncaster are:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Adwick Park and Ride
Bridge Street Car Park, Thorne
Chappell Drive Car Park