Construction companies can now get fee Covid tests

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In a bid to keep the construction industry moving and safe, construction companies of all sizes can now register to order lateral flow Covid tests for free, in a bid to help the construction industry get back on its feet.

The tests detect the virus can be ordered from the Government can reveal positive cases in under 30 minutes and firms can find out more online here where construction companies have been encouraged to use will be provided with all the information they need to plan and deliver their testing programme.

Construction businesses and large contractors and employers have until the 31 March to register for the government’s workplace testing scheme which will remain free until the end of June.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock commented saying that: “Regular workplace testing is a vital part of our route back to normal life, which is why I’m very pleased that we’re now expanding our offer of free workplace testing to businesses of all sizes.

“I urge all businesses to register their interest in the programme before 31 March to help break chains of transmission and keep people safe.

Federation of Small Business Chairman Mike Cherry followed on saying that: “A workplace testing infrastructure that works for businesses of all sizes as well as consumers is fundamental to bringing the coronavirus under control and ensuring that this current lockdown is the last.

“It’s great to see that the smallest businesses can now apply to set-up testing facilities on their premises.”

With reporting the lack of labour and the growth in construction jobs even though some employers are reporting drops in wages due to the pandemic there is hope that the use of lateral flow test will encourage more workers to return to the work place.

All local authorities in England are now offering rapid lateral flow testing for small businesses if they can’t offer rapid workplace testing. Businesses can find their local test site here.