The Prime Minister confirmed earlier this week that further coronavirus restrictions will be lifted as planned from next Monday 12 April, after the data confirmed that the Government’s ‘four tests’ had been met. He also confirmed that regular testing will be an essential part of ‘reclaiming a more normal way of life’ and everyone in England will be encouraged to take a free COVID‐19 test twice a week from this Friday (9 April) as part of a nationwide testing programme which includes:

  • A home ordering service, allowing people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home
  • Workplace testing programmes, either on‐site or at home
  • Community testing, offered by all local authorities
  • A new ‘pharmacy collect’ service from participating local pharmacies.

Individuals taking lateral flow tests at home will have to register their results online and must self‐isolate if positive and get a PCR test to confirm the result.

Any members interested in offering workplace testing must register by Monday 12 April, and Build UK has produced a guide on how to set up and run a workplace test site.