All businesses can now register for free lateral flow coronavirus tests to help break the chain

From NELC:

As part of the Government’s roadmap to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can now register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees.

Businesses have until 31 March to register their interest to access rapid COVID-19 tests for their workplace, which will play a vital role as restrictions ease.

While some businesses may still not be open by 31 March due to lockdown restrictions, it is still important they register their interest by then as the portal will close after that date.

Regular testing will form a crucial part of the Government’s plan to gradually and safely ease restrictions to help restore the economy and get back to a more normal life.

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 is targeted at those without symptoms and gives results within half an hour.  This means positive cases can be isolated immediately and the chain of transmission can be broken. This could be the difference between a workplace being able to stay open and operational, or needing to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

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