Due to our very high case rate, Torbay is currently an Enhanced Response Area along with Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly. This means the government has prioritised our areas for additional support to reduce case rates.
To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.
COVID-19 Testing information for Torbay residents
Testing for COVID-19 plays an important role in keeping Torbay’s infection rate down, enabling the roadmap out of lockdown.
There are two types of tests available in Torbay:
PCR testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms: Anyone with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss or change to sense of taste or smell, should immediately book a test at one of our local testing sites in Torquay or Paignton, or apply for a home testing kit. For more information visit Testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and those who have had a positive LFD test.
Rapid LFD testing for people without symptoms: One in three people with COVID-19 shows no symptoms and could be spreading the virus without realising it. It is still possible to transmit the virus after vaccination.
Therefore, we are offering free testing for anyone without symptoms. People can book a test or drop in at one of our testing sites. For more information please go to Testing for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms - Torbay Council
Businesses are urged to encourage their employees to take up regular testing to keep their workplaces as COVID-19 safe as possible. Staff can book or collect tests from a variety of testing sites and pharmacies. Business can also conduct on-site testing - contact us for further details of how we can support you firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about testing is available at Testing for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms.
Secondary school pupils are required to carry out twice-weekly LFD tests at home.
These pages will be updated as Government policy on testing develops, as new testing arrangements are introduced in Torbay.