Businesses urged to register for free Covid test kits for staff

Businesses are being reminded by Derbyshire's Director of Public Health to register to receive free coronavirus testing kits for employees that cannot work from home.

Local companies can sign up to a government scheme to receive free rapid lateral flow test kits to test staff who do not have any coronavirus symptoms twice a week in the workplace.

The scheme has been set up because one in three people who have the virus do not have any symptoms.

Those businesses which are unable to provide testing in the workplace and which have 10 or more employees can order free lateral flow tests for their staff to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire, said: “Regular testing is highly effective in breaking the chains of transmission in the community and workplaces.

“With around one in three of those with coronavirus having no symptoms we’re keen to see all businesses in Derbyshire regularly testing their employees, and there are several ways to do this.

“Whatever route you choose, the tests are completely free and you will receive all the information and equipment you need.”

Businesses must register and order kits by 12 April 2021 by visiting gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests

Staff from small businesses and sole traders can visit a community testing centres to check if they have the virus. There's no need to book and testing is free.

Details of locations and opening times are available on the county council website at derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting  

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