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Second walk-through testing site opens to tackle spread of coronavirus

17 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates

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A new walk-through coronavirus testing site has opened in Middleton to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The facility at Market Place car park next to Middleton Arena is the second of its kind in the borough, in addition to the site behind Rochdale town hall.

Both testing sites are open to anyone who would like a coronavirus test.

Councillor Sara Rowbotham, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: "We are encouraging anyone who would like to be tested to book one now. We all need to play our part to reduce the numbers of cases in our borough and testing is absolutely vital. The numbers of cases are falling but we need everyone's help to reduce the risk of the virus spreading."

On Friday, 17 July 2020 the council advised residents to take extra precautions to help prevent lockdown measures being reintroduced. The guidance includes wearing face coverings in public whenever possible, limiting visitors to your home to 2 people and to keep 2 metres apart at all times.

Both sites are open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, and you must arrive on foot, by bike or in a car. You can't be tested if you've used public transport to get to the site.

You need to take your confirmation email with you to the site, along with your personal identification. Face coverings must also be worn at all times.

Rochdale Borough Council continues to provide support to residents through a coronavirus helpline open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Call 01706 923685.

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