Free State testing centres to reopen in June


All high-capacity testing centres in the Free State will reopen in June. According to Department of Police, Roads and Transport MEC, Sam Mashinini, this includes centres in Bloemfontein and several other towns.

“Our purpose is both to reopen and save lives. We have taken measures to ensure proper control and sanitation at all stations once they reopen throughout June,” he said during a virtual briefing.

The MEC expressed that centres have been divided into three categories according to the number of customers they service.

The testing centres in Bloemfontein and Botshabelo have been categorised as high-capacity stations and are set to open on 1 June 2020, while Thaba Nchu testing centre as a medium-capacity station will reopen on 8 June 2020.

“The phasing in approach is to ensure that our buildings are safe for people to receive services. No person without a mask will be allowed into centres.

“We appeal to everyone to cooperate with regulations because we can only fight this pandemic if we work together. Together we can make sure that we all stay safe,” Mashinini explained.

All devices at testing stations will be available as they reopen.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele