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New COVID-19 testing site helps keep the city safe

Published Friday, 16 July 2021

As the country moves to Step 4 of the government’s roadmap, City of York Council is opening a new testing site in the city to help keep people safe, as well as continuing work in communities.

A new symptom-free testing centre is opening at the Pavilion of the Rawcliffe Recreation Association. The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.00am and 4.30pm and people will be able to get tested in person or to collect testing kits.

The new testing centre joins 5 other council run testing sites in the city. As the country moves to the next stage of the roadmap, city leaders are asking people to get regular symptom-free tests, so the virus isn’t spread unknowingly to friends and family.

How to get a testing kit in York

You can get tested or collect kits from one of our symptom-free testing sites, as well as being able to collect kits from chemists, or order kits online.

Symptom-free testing sites

These are at:

  • Acomb Explore Library
  • Foxwood Community Centre
  • Rawcliffe Recreation Association
  • St William’s College
  • University of York
  • York St John University

See details of all symptom-free testing sites and opening times.

Please note that the University of York and York St John University centres have moved to different rooms next to their original location.

Community symptom-free testing

We're expanding our community offer which has seen us hand out testing kits in communities across the city. Going door-to-door offering kits has enabled our staff to have conversations with local people about the importance of getting tested and vaccinated, and to share information about how to get more test kits.

In the coming weeks we will be in Heworth and Clifton and Rawcliffe. See details of streets we will be visiting in order to carry out community symptom-free testing.

As well as this work the council will be:

  • offering collection points at foodbanks throughout the city
  • working to add more collection points in communities across York
  • handing out testing kits at the mass vaccination centre

Other ways to get tested

Chemists in the city continue to be a great way for people to access test kits in their communities. Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests (NHS).

Or you can order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests for home delivery (GOV.UK).

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

With confirmation that we are moving to Step 4 of the roadmap on Monday, we are working hard to ensure that residents have easy access to symptom-free COVID-19 tests throughout the summer.

“Getting tested regularly is something we can all do to help stop the virus from spreading and with rates of infection being higher than we would like, it will help keep our friends and family safe as we enjoy what York has to offer.

“As ever, we are hugely grateful to partners across the city for their support, as well as local residents and businesses. Our response to the pandemic has truly been a citywide effort, so if you haven’t already received a testing kit, then please get in touch and join the thousands across the city receiving regular resting.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health said:

Getting tested is quick and easy and something we can all do to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“We want as many people to be able to easily access tests as possible and know how they can get more. Regular testing will help us all have better summers and reduce case rates by stopping the virus from spreading to others.

“It is still important as we make the move to step 4. Getting tested regularly, including before seeing friends and family will help protect them. If the result is negative and you can go out, we are still asking people to take those extra precautions, including fresh air and wearing a face covering in busy indoor spaces.“