The offer of local community testing has been opened up to include the wider workforce who cannot work from home. There are currently existing community provisions in Boston, Sleaford and Lincoln, with more sites being considered.
The development of the community testing programme will now see the inclusion of weekly testing for:
- Small or local public sector organisations; e.g. local government
- Charities and voluntary groups
- Small or local private sector businesses providing key public services and unable to access institutional testing; e.g. waste management, public transport, taxi firms, volunteers, power and water companies etc
- Education or childcare settings not covered by existing schools testing; e.g. private nurseries, children homes, childminders etc
- Medium-sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 and 250 staff) unable to practically access institutional testing
- Small or local businesses (generally less than 50 staff), sole traders or self-employed citizens.
- Lincoln Croft Street (St Swithin's) Community Centre, Croft Street, Baggholme Road, off Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5AX
- Haven High Tollfield Campus, 90-96 Tollfield Rd, Boston, PE21 9PN
- Peter Paine Performance Centre, Rosebery Ave, Boston, PE21 7QR
- Better Gym Sleaford: Oakside Park Industrial Estate, East Rd, Sleaford NG34 7EH
- Lincoln City Football Club, LNER Stadium, Lincoln, LN5 8LD.
Sites are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm, including weekends, on a walk-in basis.
- Staff attend any of the sites below wearing a face covering, there is no need to book a slot
- Details are taken using the individual’s phone or a device on-site (staff will need a mobile number for this)
- The swabbing is guided by on-site staff, this takes approximately 5 minutes, and the person then leaves
- The result comes through in approximately 30 mins and there is no need to wait on-site for the result or have a follow-up PCR test if positive
- If the staff member is positive, they and their close contacts need to isolate for 10 days. Please note their close contacts will be contacted via the national or local contact tracing teams
- If the result does not come through, the person will need to attend for another test.
Please remember that any employee, whether frontline or based at home who develops coronavirus symptoms, should get a test in the usual way: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
We are pleased to inform you that as of next week, we expect the Government to announce the introduction of Workplace Collect. This scheme will enable businesses to supply home test kits to employees where it is not possible for them to set up a testing site on their premises.
Following next week’s announcement, we expect Workplace Collect to be launched on 31st March as part of the Government’s plan to continue expanding asymptomatic testing capacity across England. Businesses will need to be registered by 12th April, after which tests can be ordered for delivery. This is in line with the deadline for the broader/existing workplace testing offer. The announcement and detailed arrangements are not yet finalised, so may be subject to change, but we will pass on any additional information as we receive it.
Please do continue to consider setting up an onsite testing facility if it is suitable for your business, ensuring you register on the portal in advance of the deadline.