Lateral Flow Testing

Covid-19 Event Testing Guidance 

Attending an event/gathering in Ards and North Down? 

It is strongly recommended that anyone participating in, or attending, any event which will bring them into close proximity with other people from outside their existing bubble should test themselves before they attend, and on days 2 and 8 after the event.  

The purpose of this testing is to identify any positive cases in advance of the event and allow these people to self-isolate. Post event testing will also help to identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 infections arising from the event, or social interactions that may occur before or after an organised event. 

Although testing is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that anyone attending an event should test themselves no more than 24 hours in advance of attending an event, and on days 2 and 8 following the event. 

The use of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing is important as an additional measure alongside the range of existing safety measures in place at our organised events. 

How to access testing? 

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be obtained free of charge here: 

If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. PCR tests are available at testing sites across Northern Ireland and can be booked at: They must not attend events unless they receive a negative PCR test. 

COVID-19: Service Update