New mobile covid site to visit Newark Market Place as fitness centre closes
The town’s rapid covid testing site at Newark Fitness and Sports Centre, off Lord Hawke Way, will close today.
It will be replaced by a new mobile site, which will come to Newark Market Place from 10am to 4.30pm every Wednesday and Saturday.
The first visit will take place on Saturday, May 1.
The changes are part of plans to make regular covid-19 testing part of residents’ weekly routine, and to allow the sports and fitness centre to re-open fully in May.
David Lloyd, leader of the council, said anyone could get a supervised test at the mobile site, and residents would also be able collect a home test kit.
“The mobile test site option has proved really effective in Ollerton and has now been introduced to Southwell every Monday and Thursday,” said Mr Lloyd.
“It makes sense to replicate this cost-effective solution in Newark now that the sports and fitness centre is preparing to re-open.
“The mobile solution is particularly suited to Newark and will give our residents a convenient way to either get a supervised test or to collect their kits for home testing.”
Regular, twice weekly testing is a cornerstone of the government roadmap out of lockdown.
Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said it was important that residents continued to take advantage of regular testing.
“Twice weekly testing is really important,” he said.
“When you have no symptoms, it’s an additional thing we can do to keep ourselves, our families and communities safer.
“There are now more than 100 different places to pick up free home testing kits across Nottinghamshire, including pharmacies and testing sites.”
Anyone over the age 18 can collect or order home testing kits.
To find out more about the ways to make covid-19 testing part of your regular weekly routine, go to the council’s website at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/covidtests