Rapid testing for businesses

The latest information for businesses on enhanced and rapid testing in Bolton.

Due to Bolton’s current COVID infection rates, businesses, residents and visitors are being advised to remain cautious and vigilant. For the past few weeks, enhanced testing and vaccination has been taking place across key areas in Bolton to combat rising infection rates.

Anyone who tests positive during enhanced testing must self-isolate along with members of their household to protect others.

Those struggling with self-isolation can contact Bolton Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 01204 337221 and may also be eligible for financial support.

Residents with COVID symptoms should book a test as normal via the national online portal.

There are no local restrictions in Bolton or any other area in England, and individuals and businesses should continue to follow the national guidance. The government has provided advice on the additional precautions people can take to protect themselves and others in areas where the new variant is prevalent. This includes, wherever possible, trying to meet outdoors rather than indoors, keeping 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with and minimising travel in and out of the area.

Businesses should keep doing their bit and continue making every reasonable effort to facilitate their employees working from home. If homeworking is not possible, employers should take steps to ensure their workplace is COVID-secure and continue to enable social distancing and provide adequate ventilation.

1. Free rapid tests for businesses

Encourage employees to get regularly tested (twice weekly) and take part in the local enhanced testing programme. Rapid Tests are available to people who live, work or study in Bolton and you can get tests for your employees.

How can I order tests for my business?

You can order tests either, to use in the workplace or for your employees to collect and take home. There are several ways to access Rapid test kits:
If you have already registered, you can order free rapid lateral flow tests until 30 June 2021. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests
Individuals can also collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from a local pharmacy or local test site, no booking is needed, and two kits can be collected either by car or foot.

  • Mere Hall, Mere Hall St, BL1 2QT, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, BL6 6LB, Monday to Friday 9am – 2pm
  • Victoria Halls, 43 Knowsley Street, BL1 2AS - 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm

We are also offering a courier service so any Bolton based company requiring 20 or more test kits can email us at boltontesting@bolton.gov.uk and we can arrange delivery. These will be limited to one box of 7 tests per employee. 
If you would like to arrange for delivery you will need to provide the following information: Business Name and address, contact name and number, quantity of Rapid test kits required and time and day you would like delivery (please allow 72hrs from making the request). Please note this is subject to availability of Rapid testing kits.
To find out more about testing if you live and work the area, please go to https://www.bolton.gov.uk/testing.

On site testing 

You can also arrange for staff to have assisted tests at Bolton Arena 

We are contacting local businesses in the area to encourage them to have at least one, and if possible two, assisted LFD (rapid/lateral flow) tests.They will be able to attend the Arena, have no waiting and take the tests with designated booths. 

COVID-19 Officers will be calling in at Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park and surrounding businesses including Horwich town centre and Westhoughton offering assisted LFD tests with blocked out testing times for companies who have 20 staff or more.

If you would like to send your staff to the arena for testing, please email boltontesting@bolton.gov.uk 

The opening times down at the Arena Asymptomatic test centre are Monday – Friday, 8am to 3pm.

What does this mean for my business?

Businesses should keep doing their bit and continue making every reasonable effort to facilitate their employees working from home. If homeworking is not possible, employers should take steps to ensure their workplace is COVID-secure.

Businesses should continue to:

1. Enable social distancing and provide adequate ventilation, additionally, employers should note that social distancing requirements still apply in the workplace and in businesses like shops and hospitality.

2. Support contact tracing in the workplace

3. Enable staff to self-isolate

If you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) you must therefore stay at home for at least 10 full days in order to prevent passing the virus on to others. You can pass the virus to others, even if you are showing no symptoms.

  • GC Business Growth Hub has created a guide with key steps employers should take to enable staff to self-isolate when required to do so.
  • We have developed a COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Pack you can share with employees to support them during their self-isolation period.

 For further information on self-isolation support please visit https://www.bolton.gov.uk.

Frequently Asked questions

For further information about testing please visit our frequently asked questions using the link below:
Do not use a rapid lateral flow test or go to a test site if you or your employees have symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should order a PCR test and self-isolate.
Thank you for your continued support in helping us with our fight against COVID.

Published: 21st June 2021