National lockdown rules apply in Harlow. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You can now access community testing in Harlow to find out if you might have the virus without symptoms.



Community testing

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should book a test on GOV.UK 

If you do not have symptoms

Community testing helps prevent and reduce transmission in the community by giving people who do not have symptoms an opportunity to be tested.

Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing, so this testing is designed to identify these people and make sure they self-isolate.

In Harlow, we have lateral flow (LF) tests which are designed for people who do not have symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. LF tests are rapid tests that can be done without the need for laboratory equipment. You can usually get a result within 20 to 30 minutes.

Anyone living in Harlow can have an LF test. You can get a test by:

  • booking online
  • telephone
  • email
  • going to the test centre (walk-in appointments are now available)




Call 0333 772 6144
Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.


The test centre is at Harlow Council Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow CM20 1WG.

Journeys to the test site would be classed as an essential journey. 

Please do not attend this site if you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate. If this is the case, refer to the advice on what to do if you have symptoms.