CALLS have been made for frequent mass testing to take place in workplaces across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Local business leaders have made the call following the prime minister’s announcement lockdown will end on December 2 and be replaced by tiered measures.
There will also be weekly covid tests for staff in prisons, food manufacturers and those delivering and administering vaccines.
And the Chambers of Commerce is urging this approach to be rolled out to all businesses in a bid to offer stability to the economy.
Chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber, Louise Bennett, said: “It’s reassuring to see there is now a light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine, but the crucial question is how do we get there?
“Without a definitive timescale on when society will be fully re-opened and the potential businesses could be faced with conditions similar to that of a national lockdown beyond December 2, now is the time for businesses to be included in any mass testing programmes.
“What businesses need right now is stability and the ability to plan ahead, and being able to have their workplaces tested on a regular basis would really help to provide that and safeguard livelihoods across every sector until a vaccine is approved.”