Rapid Covid-19 test centre closures over Easter weekend


Essex residents who access regular, symptom-free, rapid Covid-19 tests are being encouraged to plan ahead due to test centre closures during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

All of Essex County Council’s twelve Covid-19 rapid test centres will be closed on Good Friday (2 April) and Bank Holiday Monday (5 April).

The centres will, however, be operating normal hours on Saturday and Sunday (3 and 4 April).

Normal service will resume on Tuesday 6 April.

Why should I get tested?

You may be unaware you have Covid-19 if you are showing no symptoms and you could, unknowingly, be passing it on to family, friends and loved ones. The more people that get tested, the quicker we can stop the spread.

What is a rapid lateral flow test (LFT)?

A lateral flow test (LFT) allows people who have no symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. It’s a rapid test, and you can get a result within 20-30 minutes.

Who can get tested?

If you don’t have symptoms and you live or work in Essex you can get a test. We have test centres set up in all districts. See locations listed below.

How do I get a test?

If you live or work in Essex, you can get a test by:
• booking online
• telephone
• email

Note: These tests are only for people who DO NOT have symptoms.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to book a test with GOV.UK.

Also, you shouldn’t get a test if you have recently received a positive test.

Call 0333 772 6144. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Rapid test centres are located across Essex and there is one in every district.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate immediately. Find out what you must do and how to get support if you are self-isolating.

What happens if I test negative?

You must remember to continue to follow guidance on social distancing, keep 2m from other people, and remember, Hands Face Space.


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