Free rapid testing for all businesses in England – regardless of size
The Government has announced it will supply free lateral flow antigen testing kits, as part of it’s drive to support businesses to operate safely. The testing kits will be made available to all businesses, including SME’s.
These tests provide results within 30 minutes without the need to send them to a laboratory (unlike a PCR test). All businesses who wish to receive access to these kits are encouraged to register interest before the 31st March, the tests will remain free until the end of June.
Commenting on the initiative, 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 allow 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.”