With more retail, leisure and hospitality venues now open, people are meeting outdoors again – which is great news and what we have all worked hard to achieve.
The number of people visiting shops increased by almost 200% last week in England, as non-essential shops were allowed to open their doors to customers for the first time since early January and COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed.
However, with the relaxation of the rules comes the increased risk of people spreading the virus without knowing it. As we know one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms. Making regular testing a part of your weekly routine will play a huge part in making sure we continue to navigate our way out of lockdown in a safe manner.
To help make getting tested even easier, Staffordshire County Council is now moving many of its indoor pop-up testing sites to outdoor venues – especially popular spots with existing footfall. Chasewater Country Park, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre and a local car boot have been some of the new outdoor venues to host pop-up testing. Tutbury Castle, alongside various supermarkets and other outdoor locations will also see rapid testing available for the first time.