You could take one before meeting friends or family in the garden, or if you’re taking someone for an appointment at hospital or doctors’ surgery.
Rapid tests can help identify cases of coronavirus which would otherwise not be found so we’re encouraging local residents to test themselves twice a week.
Regular testing is already the norm for many people, including secondary and college students, childcare bubbles, health employees and people who can’t work from home.
One-in-three people with coronavirus show no symptoms and potentially spread it without knowing, so rapid testing would pick up these cases and help prevent the spread of infection.
Results are given in just 30 minutes so those who test positive will know to self-isolate straight away and avoid passing the virus on to others.
As we expect more and more restrictions to be lifted over the coming months, it’s as important as ever to do all we can to reduce the spread.
Free rapid tests to do at home can be collected from a range of pharmacies and collection points across North Somerset, or ordered online for home delivery.
Find your nearest pick-up venue using the online map.
Rapid testing centres are also available at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare, Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea and Somerset Hall in Portishead.
Tests can be done on these sites or kits can be collected to take home.
The centres are open seven days a week from 8.30am-5.30pm with late opening until 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Book an on-site test online.
Home test kits can also be collected from the Covid-19 testing sites at Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Airport, daily from 2.30pm-8pm.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should book a test. Symptoms of coronavirus are a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, loss or change of your sense of taste or smell.
The North Somerset Together network is still available to help with social contact, practical support and advice on where to get more specialist help, such as around mental health or benefits.