Rapid community testing
For people who DO NOT have symptoms
Rapid community testing has been introduced in Barnet for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
With the current national lockdown restrictions, this is only for those who have to leave home to go to work or school.
What is rapid testing?
To help identify Barnet residents who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 but are infected, we’ve introduced rapid testing.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to receive the results of a rapid COVID-19 test. It can only detect COVID-19 if you are infectious at the time the test is taken. The test cannot tell you if you have been infected in the past.
Who can get a rapid test?
During lockdown, you should only get a rapid test if you have to leave home to go to work or school.
You can get a free rapid COVID-19 test if:
- you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19
- you are over 12 years old (12 to 15-year olds will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
- you have to leave home to go to work or school.
We are prioritising access to rapid tests for key workers. Key workers include:
- health and care staff who do not have access to testing at work
- emergency services staff
- early years, primary and secondary school staff
- supermarket workers
- delivery drivers.
Keyworkers can book 2 tests a week, 3 to 5 days apart.
If you can work from home
If you can work from home and do not have symptoms, you do not need a rapid test. You should stay at home.
We will be rolling out more testing centres in the coming weeks to make it even easier to access rapid community testing across Barnet.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms
You should not book a rapid test if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 incude:
- high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- loss or changed to your sense of smell or taste.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should book a free PCR test at one of our local symptomatic testing sites.
How to get a test
You can book a free rapid COVID-19 test using our online booking form.
Rapid tests are available daily between 9am and 6pm at:
A small number of walk-in tests will be available at each test site on a first come, first serve basis.
You can book up to 2 tests per week, but they must be 3 to 5 days apart.
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