Coronavirus testing for essential workers

Guidance on coronavirus testing for employers and essential workers who are self-isolating.

The government is rolling out a programme of coronavirus testing for essential workers who are self-isolating.

What you can do as an employer

  • As the employer: Using the online portal to upload details of employees you know are self-isolating
  • For your employees: Increasing awareness of how they can get tested

Who can be tested

Now testing will be available to all essential workers - critical to keeping the country moving - and to members of their household if they have symptoms. This includes NHS and Care staff, teachers, hospital cleaners, food production and food retail, transport, utilities, communications, and financial services, public servants and the emergency services as well as other critical infrastructure staff.

Testing gives people the information they need - whether to continue their isolation in order to protect the vulnerable and the NHS, or if they don't have coronavirus, being able to get back to work, and back to their teams, as soon as they feel well enough.

How it works

For essential workers, booking the test is simple via an online portal and is available for:

  • Employers who can register and refer staff they know are self-isolating and;
  • Employees, if they have symptoms and/or are self-isolating, who book a test directly for themselves or members of their household

See the full coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested guidance.

Additional information

The NHS has also put together some Coronavirus National Testing Programme (CNTP) frequently asked questions for essential workers.

Coronavirus testing in Essex

Essex County Council have put together some guidance on coronavirus testing available in Essex, including who can get tested and where you can get a test.