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Calls to keep free coronavirus testing in Wales

Covid-19 Testing

With many firms across Wales navigating reduced demand, as well as implementing new hybrid working processes, restoring confidence is crucial to getting the Welsh economy firing once again.

That’s why, ahead of Friday’s Covid review, CBI Wales is calling on the Welsh Government to continue offering free, universal, Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) to help build business and consumer confidence.

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:

“The removal of remaining restrictions will give businesses across Wales the certainty they need to grow and invest.

“Yet firms also know that the virus hasn’t disappeared. Businesses will continue to use measures to keep their staff and customers safe, as they have from the outset of the pandemic.

“While free testing cannot continue forever, mass lateral flow testing has helped keep large parts or our economy open, and firms continue to believe that the economic and social benefits far outweigh the costs.

“We recommend that the Welsh Government seek to retain free, universal LFTs, with a phased withdrawal throughout the year, to support hybrid working and maintain business and consumer confidence.”