Over 48,000 businesses had registered their interest in the government’s free workplace testing programme as of last week, following the government’s announcement that businesses of all sizes are eligible for the scheme.
Over 9,000 businesses have already completed the sign-up process, and all other businesses are encouraged to register for this scheme to help keep their employees safe, prevent outbreaks and suppress the spread of the virus. Businesses must register before 12th April, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus in workplaces without knowing.
Rapid testing for people without symptoms detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission.
Testing will form a crucial part of everyday life as parts of society reopen. 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.
You can find out more about workplace testing by visiting the dedicated GOV.UK page.
As part of the Government’s roadmap to lift restrictions, businesses with over 10 employees, can now register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees. Businesses have until 12th April 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 as they can order the test at a later date however
Companies can register for the national scheme by visiting www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests.
Businesses will be provided with all the information they need to plan and deliver their testing programme on the government website.
For those who are not registered companies, such as sole traders, and those unable to offer testing via their workplace, then they can direct their workers to access local asymptomatic testing site via the following website: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html