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Businesses in Liverpool City Region encouraged to offer incentives for negative COVID tests

02/12/2020

Businesses across Liverpool City Region are invited to come forward to take part in a testing incentive scheme for residents.

As part of the smart testing pilot currently underway, businesses are invited to put forward an incentive, such as a discount or other offer, for those who can produce a negative Coronavirus test result. The incentive scheme has two aims, to continue to encourage people across the region to get regular Coronavirus tests as part of the smart testing pilot and to allow people to safely enjoy shops, restaurants and other venues throughout December. 

The incentive is being led in partnership between Marketing Liverpool, the city region’s destination marketing organisation, Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool One and follows the announcement that Liverpool has been placed in Tier Two restrictions following the national lockdown.


Smart testing will pick up from the successful mass testing pilot that helped Liverpool City Region to secure Tier 2 status. One of the key objectives now is for the city to stay in that Tier, or even move down into Tier 1.

Supporting the message ‘Get tested before…’ the smart release initiative will encourage people to go for a test before they come into the city and the incentive programme would see businesses put forward an offer or discount such as ‘10% off a coffee’ or ‘kids eat free’ if customers can show a negative Covid-19 Lateral Flow test and ID.

A negative test result would be valid for 24 hours and customers would need to show the results text or email in order to claim the discounts. Venues and customers would still need to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidelines such as social distancing measures, face masks and regular hand washing.


Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool said:

“The mass testing pilot ran for almost a month and during that time we’ve seen people who live, work and study in Liverpool get regular tests in order for us to keep the virus at bay.

“Regular testing is crucial if we want to keep Liverpool in Tier 2 in the run up to Christmas and for businesses across the city to re-open with confidence. An incentive scheme such as this benefits everyone, it allows those with a negative Lateral Flow test result to safely enjoy our shops, restaurants and visitor attractions during December whilst bringing much-needed footfall back into our venues.”

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