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Workplace COVID-19 testing for Manchester businesses

If your employees are not able to work from home, they can have rapid testing twice a week.  

Retail and hospitality businesses planning for reopening may be interested in testing to reduce the risk of transmission, reassure staff and customers and enable business continuity. 

The tests are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but could still spread the virus without knowing they have it. Lateral flow devices (LFD) are used, which involve a swab of the nose and throat – and these can give a result within half an hour because it does not require sending off to a lab for analysis. 

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test online at or by phone 119.  

How do I get access to testing?

There are two routes to access the testing: 

Apply with the Government’s testing scheme  

If you employ more than 10 staff and you can’t offer rapid COVID testing for people with no symptoms on-site, then register here before the government’s 12 April deadline to receive Free Rapid Home Test Kits, to help keep your staff and their families safe from COVID-19 

You can then:

  • Order home test kits online to distribute to your staff, with instructions on how to take the test. 

  • Your staff can then complete the home test in the normal way, before reporting their results to the NHS using the provided website address.

The Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing can rapidly detect the virus in 30 minutes of the testing taking place. By taking part in the testing programme, you are helping to break chains of transmission and suppress the virus.

Employees who test positive should:

  • Report the results directly to the NHS

  • Advise their employer of a positive result

  • Take a confirmatory PCR test

If this process is unavailable to you we would suggest using local test sites instead.

Visiting our local testing sites  

Employers with fewer than 10 people and anyone who lives and works in Manchester who can’t work from home and whose organisations (employers) don’t have an asymptomatic testing system in place can access regular testing through Manchester’s asymptomatic testing programme, with dedicated sites across the city.

Appointments need to be booked.

You can book an appointment by;

  • Calling  0161 947 0770
  • Or by calling 0800 0924020
  • Slots are available Monday to Saturday and can be arranged to fit work and shift patterns. Find out more 

This facility is also offered to any other business (regardless of size) while they wait for home test kits to arrive, or if there is any other issue.

If you have questions about rapid testing or setting up your own rapid testing facility onsite you can email:

To report two or more cases of COVID-19 in your workplace/for advice re cases




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