Free rapid COVID testing expanded for eligible businesses

Rapid COVID testing, also known as lateral flow testing, has previously been accessible for businesses registered in England that employ 250+ employees who cannot work from home and who provide essential services during the pandemic.

In a drive to increase COVID testing in the workplace, the UK government has expanded the program through a change in eligibility criteria.

Businesses must now meet the following requirements to order free rapid tests for employees:

  • Business must be registered in England
  • Employ 50 people or more
  • Employees cannot work from home

Testing is being encouraged even in the absence of symptoms to help reduce the risk of transmission. The process may also instill confidence in those employees who cannot work from home and continue to go into work during the pandemic.

Tests for eligible businesses can be ordered through the UK government website and are free for employers until 31st March.

Employers in Scotland and Wales should follow guidance as per their local government.


Originally published by the HRDept