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Central Bedfordshire Council is urging everyone who is coming into contact with other people to make COVID-19 testing part of their usual routine.

Rapid tests are available to people living or working in Central Bedfordshire, who do not have symptoms but do need to mix with people who are not part of their household or bubble.

Regular testing is set to become the new normal, so we help stop the spread of the virus.

Cllr Tracey Stock, executive member for health & wellbeing and communities, said:

“This is a call to action, we have several centres open across the area with the capacity to test hundreds of people every day. The more people we test the more we know who are infected and who can then self-isolate which means fewer people spreading the virus.

“This is a pivotal point in trying to get back to normal. We are all tired of this situation but the more we do now, together, to help bring infection rates down and not allow them to increase the sooner we will be restriction free.”

The call to action is to make testing part of your routine twice a week. The Council said that this is particularly relevant at this time to those in customer facing roles whether a delivery driver or care worker, everyone should be looking at testing as a responsible thing to do that is part of normal life.

Testing is free, quick to do and available at several centres, so lots of good reasons to get tested and keep yourself and your family and colleagues safe.

Test centres are detailed below:

Flitwick Leisure Centre

Steppingley Road
MK45 1TH

Open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

The Dunstable Centre

Court Drive

Open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre in Biggleswade

Saxon Drive
SG18 8SU

Open 8am to 8pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change of taste or smell) should not use a rapid test centre. They should stay at home and book a standard (PCR) test online or call 119.

More information is also available at Rapid Tests.