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Lockdown means SMART testing for people with NO coronavirus symptoms now focused on key workers who HAVE to go out to work.

Because the Government’s latest regulations say that people in England must ‘stay at home’ except for essential purposes, only key workers and those with caring commitments during the lockdown should now go for a SMART test.

This includes people who

  • work in supermarkets or those shops that can open;
  • work in in schools or caring environments where on-site testing is not taking place;
  • are unpaid carers and volunteers;
  • are in other public-facing roles.

Walk-through SMART COVID-19 testing for people in those groups is now taking place 8am to 8pm, no appointment necessary, at:

  • Splash World in Southport*
  • Bootle Leisure Centre
  • Aintree Racecourse

*Please use rear car park of Dunes/Splashworld, accessible from the Esplanade, opposite the Lifeboat Station.

Check on the live Find a Test map to see if the sites are busy and how long you might have to wait.

Anyone whose SMART test result is positive is now required by law to self-isolate for 10 days, in line with national regulations.

A follow-up PCR test to confirm the positive result is no longer required.

Visit our Help with Self-Isolating pages.

Everyone else

Everyone else should be staying at home, not mixing with others outside our household or bubble, and only going out for local exercise and to shop for essentials, which means we don’t currently need a SMART test unless there are specific circumstances.

Find out what you can and cannot do under the Government’s latest regulations. 

People with symptoms 

Anyone showing any of the symptoms of

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • a loss of/ change in smell or taste

should immediately arrange to get a coronavirus test by visiting or calling 119

You should also get a test if you have been asked to get tested by

  • NHS Test and Trace
  • Local Council

Find out more about the latest regulation from the Council website.