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Extended lease granted to operate Covid-19 testing centre from Armagh car park

The Dobbin Street car park facility was initially meant to be remain for two weeks and should have ceased operation on Monday

Armagh Covid test facility

A Covid-19 testing centre in an Armagh car park is to remain in place for at least another week.

The facility, at the Dobbin Street Lane car park, opened two weeks ago today (Tuesday).

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council – under authority delegated to an officer – allowed use of the park to operate the testing facility for a period of two weeks.

It should have ceased operation on Monday under that agreement.

But this week permission has been given to extend operations at the pay and display car park.

This week permission was given to extend the lease with Health and Social Care Northern Ireland to maintain the test centre.

Party leaders on council approved the move on the recommendation on an officer.

The testing centre will remain open for a further week.

When first launched two weeks ago Lord Mayor Kevin Savage said: “The HSCNI have identified an increase in the demand for tests in the Portadown area, and Council is keen to support this vital work within our community at this time.

“All the necessary assessments and procedures have been carried out to allow this site to become quickly operational.

“I would encourage all members of our community to seek testing if they are displaying coronavirus symptoms as outlined by the Public Health Agency (PHA) by phoning 119, or applying online: www.nidirect.gov.uk/coronavirus

Testing takes place seven days a week.

 

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