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Article date - 14 January 2021
Priority will now be given to key workers and anyone who cannot work from home. This will help manage demand at the symptom-free testing centres and help ensure that essential key workers can get tested.
This will mean that key workers, those who cannot work from home, those attending education or are an unpaid carer, will take priority at all three testing centres in the borough, as these groups are more likely to be mixing with a greater number of people.
Anyone who can work from home and are observing lockdown rules by only going out for exercise, shopping and to attend medical appointments, are less likely to need to get a test, as they are not mixing with others.
Key workers include those working in frontline public services who cannot work from home, voluntary sector workers providing essential frontline support and those working in supermarkets, transport workers, factory, manufacturing and distribution centres and taxi drivers.
Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage said; “With the national lockdown the message is clear – stay at home unless you are a key worker providing a frontline service or you cannot work from home.
“If you are one of these people, you will still be coming into regular contact with others, so it’s really important that you continue to access symptom-free testing weekly, to help keep yourself safe and continue to provide vital services safely.”
Symptom-free testing centres are open at St Mary’s Market, Chester Lane Community Centre and Grange Valley Youth Centre and are open from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms must self-isolate and book a test online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. If you have symptoms please do not attend the symptom-free testing centres.
To find out more about the tests visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/letsgettested