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Covid 19 Update: Every agency can now have free workplace testing

Every estate agency can now sign up for the government’s free Coronavirus workplace testing programme - the deadline is March 31.

The government has launched an online portal to register and find explanatory information and promotional material about lateral flow tests.

Previously companies with fewer than 50 employees - so most agencies - had to use community testing sites, but now every employer, no matter how small their office or branch headcount, can register and get the appropriate kit.


The tests will remain free until the end of June and can deliver a result in less than 30 minutes. The government says this is a key tool to prevent further spread of Coronavirus, particularly amongst the asymptomatic.

To register, an agency requires just the name of the company, the company registration number and an email address. 

Some 14,000 firms - including many agencies - have already signed to offer workplace testing to staff unable to work from home, while a further 14,000 have registered interest via the portal. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says: “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, including SMEs.

“These rapid tests will allow positive cases of COVID-19 to be caught quickly, which is crucial in helping businesses protect their workplaces and employees as we cautiously lift restrictions. 

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

This page has details of the portal, and different procedures operating in the different UK nations.


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