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BRITISH GROWERS NEWS UPDATE – Free Covid Tests

By March 26, 2021 No Comments

The Govt has recognised that the food sector is an essential industry which needs to keep running and is one where workers cannot work from home. Therefore regular, rapid testing is a fundamental tool to prevent Covid outbreaks in the workplace.

 Free testing offer

Businesses of any size, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can sign up for the government’s workplace testing scheme. It will provide lateral flow technology (LFT/LFD) free of charge until 30 June but businesses need to register before 31 March 2021.

By registering you are not committing to testing nor do you need to place an order when you register an interest. Registration provides the opportunity to access government testing models as soon as they become available thus, allowing businesses to assess what will be most appropriate for their situation. Over 48,000 businesses have registered to date.

 How to register for free test kits

To access the free test kits until 30 June 2021, businesses need to register an interest by 31 March 2021.

N.B. This service is currently only available to businesses registered in England.

If your business is registered in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland but you have employees in England, you will need to register by email. Contact p-and-psector@dhsc.gov.uk for more advice.

 Accessing community testing facilities

In addition to registering, businesses with fewer than 50 employees may want to contact their local authority in the first instance to explore the possibility of using the growing number of community testing facilities. All local authorities in England are offering regular testing for those who need to leave home for work. Find out more here.