Coronavirus news updates

Latest advice, guidance and updates on coronavirus.

Testing sites over Easter

Published on Thursday 1 April 2021 at 12:51 pm

Blackburn with Darwen Council has updated on the availability of the borough’s coronavirus testing sites over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

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One year on – a day to remember and reflect

Published on Friday 19 March 2021 at 3:53 pm

A special commemoration and a minute’s silence will be held by Blackburn with Darwen Council to mark a National Day of Reflection – remembering those who have sadly lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic and to support everyone who has lost a loved one.

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Council supports drive on rapid testing for businesses

Published on Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 2:22 pm

Blackburn with Darwen Council is backing a new Government coronavirus testing drive aimed at businesses.

The Government is aiming to increase workplace testing in sectors still permitted to open during lockdown, to detect Covid-19 in staff who are not currently showing symptoms

The Council has already launched a successful SMART programme for rapid testing aimed at residents without symptoms who have to leave home to work or live near the various testing hubs that have been set up.

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More community testing venues open up

Published on Monday 8 February 2021 at 12:04 pm

More community venues offering residents access to rapid coronavirus tests are opening up this week.

The extension to Blackburn with Darwen Council’s SMART testing programme – aimed at people without coronavirus symptoms – sees new temporary community venues joining the list of other sites offering rapid lateral flow tests across the borough.

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Symptom-free coronavirus testing comes to the borough

Published on Monday 11 January 2021 at 3:07 pm

Community urged: “If you have to leave your home to work during lockdown: get tested.”

Residents in the borough can now get tested for coronavirus even if they don’t have symptoms, with the opening of two walk-in venues offering ‘rapid SMART testing’ from today (Monday, January 11) – no appointments are needed.

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Council services affected by Tier 4 restrictions

Published on Thursday 31 December 2020 at 12:42 pm

The Tier 4 restrictions for Blackburn with Darwen have an impact on some Council services.

Here’s a round-up of the services that remain open:

Blackburn Central Library and Darwen Library are open for Call & Collect service only – find out more about Call & Collect and to request books call 01254 661221

Blackburn Library also offers limited computer access for anyone who struggles to access digital services from home – book in advance by calling 01254 661221

Blackburn and Darwen Market Halls are open for essential goods only – food stalls, takeaways and newsagents – and most essential traders are offering home deliveries.

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