Preston city centre coronavirus testing moving to Guild Hall rather than the Harris

The Harris lit up yellow to remember those who died from Covid Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris lit up yellow to remember those who died from Covid Pic: Tony Worrall

The free symptomless coronavirus testing that is on offer for workers in Preston is being moved from the Harris to the Guild Hall from Friday (9 April).


The move is due to the Harris reopening to the public next week in line with the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The service provides lateral flow tests, which give results in 30 minutes, to anybody working in Preston including those returning to work after April 12.

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The Guild Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Gary Bond
The Guild Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Gary Bond

Neil Fairhurst, Deputy Chief Executive of Preston City Council, said: “Our free testing service for workers in Preston has been a great success so far and we’re grateful for the businesses who have taken up our offer of free testing to keep their employees and customers safe.

“Regular testing is vital to quickly identify new cases and prevent workplace outbreaks, especially as one in three people with the virus don’t display symptoms. It also gives members of the public the confidence to visit businesses in the city.

“As more businesses open up to the public from next week it is important as many businesses as possible take advantage of this service. We are happy to speak directly with businesses and employers to help them understand the service.”

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The test site will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 4.30pm. Booking isn’t required, but you must bring a relevant work ID and wear a mask.

It is recommended that workers get tested every three to five days so that new cases are quickly identified. Anybody who records a positive test must self-isolate for the required period of time.

The service is not available to the general public or anybody experiencing symptoms of COVID19. People should book a test via the government’s website or by calling NHS 119.

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