Phased transition of Liverpool Covid testing sites begins

Mon, December 7th, 2020

The phased transition of Liverpool’s Covid testing sites from the military to...

The phased transition of Liverpool’s Covid testing sites from the military to civilian staff is getting under way.

Around 2,000 troops have facilitated 200,000 Covid tests at almost 50 testing centres in the city over the last month, with around a third of the population getting tested.

The Covid infection rate in the city has reduced from 680 per 100,000 people to under 100 in the space of around six weeks.

It means Liverpool and the wider city region became the first area in the country to move down from Tier 3 to Tier 2 when lockdown ended, enabling many businesses to reopen for the first time in two months.

Members of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, have been training around 140 civilian staff in the use of PPE, administering lateral flow tests and processing results to allow for a smooth transition to a community testing programme.

They will be operating a reduced number of centres across the city which will concentrate on what is known as SMART community testing (Systematic Meaningful Asymptomatic Repeated Testing) focused on enabling people to go about their everyday lives safely, opening up the economy and getting life going again in Liverpool.

The focus will be around encouraging people to get tested before they mix with others, such going for a night out at the cinema or a theatre, go Christmas shopping, attend a business event or football match and see their family over the festive season.

A total of five main static sites for people without symptoms to get tested are now operating 7 days per week, from 7am – 7pm. They are:

  • Aintree Baptist Church, Longmoor Lane, L9 0EH
  • Exhibition Centre Liverpool , King’s Dock, L3 4FP (7am – 2pm on Sunday)
  • Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TR
  • Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wavertree Sports Park, Wellington Road, L15 4LE
  • Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium, Anfield Road, L4 0TH (7am – 2pm on Sunday)

Croxteth Hall is also open as a testing site from 9am – 4pm each day, currently.

The ‘hubs’ will be further supported by a number of smaller ‘pop-up’ testing sites which will appear around the city in key community locations on a rotation basis.

City centre sites are coming on stream on Saturday 5 December in order to support the retail and hospitality sectors so visitors and customers can ‘Test and Go’ before going shopping or for a meal. They are:

  • The former FatFace unit at Liverpool ONE on Upper South John Street – open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday
  • Liverpool Town Hall from 9am – 6pm, initially as a one-day trial, aimed at people using the hospitality businesses around Castle Street

An up-to-date list of currently open sites can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/smarttesting, along with more details about the testing programme.

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