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Covid workplace testing registration deadline extended

Close up of doctor hands with protective gloves and PPE suit, showing a test device to senior patient. Review of a Rapid Antigen Test for SARS Covid-19.

The deadline to register your business for free rapid workplace Covid-19 testing has been extended to 12 April.

The UK government has launched a scheme allowing employers in England to receive free rapid lateral flow tests.

At the time of writing, over 30 million people in the UK have received their first vaccination. While the vaccine does offer us long-term protection, it can’t do everything that is needed on its own. Workplace testing offers a way forward, so it is important that business owners act soon.

For free testing until the end of June, register your business before 12 April. Simply follow this link. This is open to all businesses and includes those that aren’t open yet.

How regular rapid workplace testing will work

Rapid Covid-19 tests are easy and convenient for workers to do. The results come back in around 30 minutes. By signing up your business for regular rapid workplace testing, so employees can get tested at least twice a week, you will help stop the spread, keeping your family, friends, colleagues, and business safe. Helping us all to get life moving.

Businesses can set up on-site workplace testing, offer tests for workers to take home or a combination of the two. Tests will be sent to businesses at no cost, making testing even more accessible.

An online portal has launched at gov.uk to make it even easier for businesses to find out about offering workplace testing – and to order free tests. Businesses will be provided with all the information they need to plan and deliver their testing programme.

If your business registers by 12 April, free tests will be provided until the end of June. You can sign up today by clicking this link.

Who is eligible?

A major effort across the private and public sector has already resulted in interest from over 60,000 UK organisations.

All businesses with employees in England who can’t work from home can sign up for rapid workplace testing, including those still closed due to lockdown. You’ll still need to register by 12 April, and free tests will currently be provided until the end of June. Register your business here:

These links will give you more information on coronavirus testing if your business is registered in ScotlandWales, or Northern Ireland.

If you are a smaller business up to 50 employees you can also direct your employees to their local test sites. They will find information on where they can have a test, by using the postcode checker here.