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15 April 2020

Government publishes guidance on who is eligible for a test and how to get tested, listing 'essential workers' and those prioritised for testing

Introduced by

Department of Health and Social Care

Targeted at

Not applicable


Published on 15 April 2020. Guidance regularly updated as testing criteria and delivery develop. Major updates logged separately

Stated aims

To inform the public


The government guidance states that as at 1 June 2020 people can get a throat and nose swab test to determine whether they currently have coronavirus as part of the five pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. The guidance outlines:

  • who can be tested
  • how essential workers can arrange a test
  • the testing process
  • guidance on care home residents and workers (England only)
  • a list of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only).

Gov.uk guidance