Government COVID-19 testing supported by Council and London Southend Airport

Published Tuesday, 19th May 2020

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The Council and London Southend Airport (LSA) are working together to make a new COVID-19 mobile testing facility available to symptomatic frontline workers and those over 65.

From today (Tuesday 19 May), the mobile facility will be in place each week from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and available to symptomatic key workers, people required to travel to work who aren’t classified as key workers and those over 65 – plus any symptomatic household members of these groups. Please note the dates and days are subject to change.

Drive through bays for testing will be constructed in the car park to minimise human contact and make sure social distancing guidance is adhered to. Strict safety protocols will be in place at all times to ensure that the wider community is protected while providing testing facilities for those on the front line of the response to this crisis.

To book, please visit the GOV.uk website.

Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care, says: “We are pleased to be working with our health colleagues and London Southend Airport to bring this mobile testing facility to Southend-on-Sea. This will ensure a range of people will have access to local testing at this time.”

Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, “Our priority is the safety of our employees, passengers and the community but during these difficult times we have also been looking at opportunities to make a wider contribution, from our NHS care packages to food donations via Age Concern,  so we were very keen to support the Government’s testing programme.

“We would also like to reassure our customers and the community that all precautions are being taken in line with Government guidance.”

For a summary of where you can get tested across Essex, please visit the Essex County Council website.