COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information, advice & Council services

Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device Tests

COVID-19 tests for people with symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new and persistent cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), however mild, you should self-isolate immediately and take a lateral flow test.

How to access lateral flow testing

You can order free lateral flow tests online or you can collect them for free from participating pharmacies. To order tests online please click on the following link: Order free lateral flow tests

You should not collect tests from a pharmacy if you have symptoms. You should order online or ask someone who does not have symptoms to collect the lateral flow tests on your behalf.

If you cannot use the online or pharmacy collect service, call 119 to order a lateral flow test (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm.

COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms

It is no longer recommended to take a lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms.

In Northern Ireland, if you do not have symptoms, you can only order lateral flow tests if: · you may be eligible for COVID-19 treatments and need lateral flow tests in case you become symptomatic

· you are a carer who provides close personal care for someone who is at higher risk if they contract COVID-19

· you are working or visiting high risk or vulnerable settings, such as care homes and hospital environments

· your GP or a healthcare professional asks you to take a test

· you have COVID-19 and want to check if your test result is still positive after day five

For further information please visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing | nidirect

Council services and access to facilities

Up-to-date information on Council services and access to venues and facilities is available from the links below. 

You can speak to a member of staff by telephoning the Council on 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate), Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Alternatively you can contact us via the chat function on our website during normal office hours or by sending us an email to

You can also perform a number of transactions with us online by visiting the Do It Online section of our website.

Council offices, venues & facilities

Leisure centres

Household bin collection service 

Recycling centres 

Bulky waste collection service

Environmental Health incl. Covid-19 Emergency Powers, Role of PSNI & Councils and Covid-19 Restrictions

Parks & Open Spaces

Council organised events

Public conveniences

Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships


Building Control


Council operated off street car parks