As of today, 100,000 critical workers in England will get free daily lateral flow tests, minimising disruption from Omicron and protecting key services.
- The high transmissibility levels of Omicron mean business and public services will face disruption in the coming weeks, particularly from higher than normal staff absences.
- That is why the government has identified 100,000 critical workers, from food processing to border force, who as of today will receive free lateral flow tests for every working day for an initial period of five weeks. This will make sure that critical workers are not self-isolating unnecessarily and prevent workplace outbreaks.
- Together with the Plan B measures and our successful vaccine rollout, this will help keep essential services and supply chains running, making sure people can access the services they need.