People in Wales who cannot work from home are being encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests as they are rolled out across Wales. The rapid coronavirus testing kits will be available to collect from local test sites across Wales from Friday 16 April.
The Welsh Government is also looking at other collection venues for test kits to be made available, as well as being directly delivered to people’s homes.
It is hoped that improving the availability of lateral flow tests will make regular asymptomatic testing for coronavirus more convenient and accessible for people not covered under existing schemes at workplaces etc.
At each testing site people will be able to collect the rapid lateral flow tests between 08:00 and 13:00. They will not need to make an appointment before collection. Sites will close for a deep clean and re-open for symptomatic PCR testing between 14:00 and 20:00 each day.
Each person will routinely be able to collect two packs of seven LFD self-test kits for home use.
They have issued specific Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses and have said that all businesses should also consider, where appropriate:
- Strengthening their policy on safe disposal of face coverings for staff and visitors
- Introducing measures for staff and visitors, on arrival, such as taking temperature tests, asking people to sanitise their hands and asking questions around whether they are displaying any symptoms
- Considering the flow of guests/visitors and how to avoid any household mixing by keeping guests/visitors apart as they move around the premises throughout their visit/stay, with particular regard to enclosed public areas such as lifts, stairs and corridors
- Reviewing their incident and emergency procedures to ensure they reflect the physical distancing principles as far as possible, including considering how to minimise household-mixing when congregating in fire assembly areas.
The Welsh Government has produced the five key steps that all those responsible for work in Wales should implement to Keep Wales Safe. Visit the Business Wales Keep Wales Safe at Work pages for further information for your business on dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Coronavirus is also updated regularly on Gov.Wales.