All employers will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular testing that can be taken at home, in an update the Government's roll out to the Covid resting programme.
More than 60,000 businesses across the country have already registered their interest to provide rapid tests to key workers and from 6 April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over 10 workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site, due to a lack of space or because companies operate across multiple sites.
Businesses across the country will be eligible to order the home test kits online to distribute to their employees. These self-test kits will be picked up by staff from their employer with clear instructions about how to take the test. Staff will then complete the home test in the normal way, before reporting their results to the NHS using the provided gov.uk address.
The workplace testing programme uses lateral flow tests (LFD) to rapidly detect the virus in 30 minutes. Swift detection of cases means those who test positive can isolate immediately and, in doing so, break chains of transmission and suppress the virus.
Businesses must register their interest by 12 April 2021 to access the free tests.
More information is available from gov.uk