Coronavirus test access widened

Published:  24 April, 2020

Garage mechanics are likely to be among the essential workers who can now book an online test for COVID-19, if they display symptoms. This also extends to their families.

The move to enable key workers to access a Coronavirus test more easily was announced yesterday (Thursday 23 April) by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, during the daily Downing Street press conference.

Garage mechanics would fall under the transport workers heading, which is one of the groups now added to the list of those who can put themselves forward for testing. Others include NHS and social care workers, police, teachers, those in the justice system, supermarket and food production workers, and journalists.

Prior to this, only those deemed most essential in the Coronavirus response were allowed to be tested. The intention is to get essential staff back to work.

To arrange a test, visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

An email or text will be sent later inviting you to book a test, which can either be performed at one of over 30 regional drive-through test sites, or via home testing kit which is sent to you. These are being issued in limited numbers, and the government is encouraging people to opt for the regional test sites.

The Health Secretary added that those who can’t go online can book a test through their employer.

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