The city’s fast proving ground at the Newark Fitness and Sports Center on Lord Hawke Way is closing today.

It is being replaced with a new mobile website that comes to Newark Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.

The first visit will be on Saturday May 1st.

Newark Market Place. (18368977)

The changes are part of plans to add regular Covid-19 testing to residents’ weekly routine and allow the sports and fitness center to fully reopen in May.

David Lloyd, chairman of the council, said anyone could get a supervised test at the mobile site, and residents could also pick up a home test kit.

“The mobile test site option has proven very effective in Ollerton and is now being rolled out in Southwell every Monday and Thursday,” said Lloyd.

“It makes sense to replicate this low-cost solution in Newark after the sports and fitness center prepares to reopen.

“The mobile solution is particularly suitable for Newark and provides our residents with a convenient way to either receive a supervised test or collect their kits for home testing.”

Regular bi-weekly testing is a cornerstone of the government’s roadmap.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said it was important that residents continue to use regular tests.

“Testing twice a week is really important,” he said.

“If you don’t have symptoms, we can do additional things to make us, our families and communities safer.

“There are now more than 100 different places in Nottinghamshire to pick up free home test kits, including pharmacies and test locations.”

Anyone over the age of 18 can pick up or order test kits to take at home.

For more information on how to make Covid-19 testing part of your regular weekly routine, please visit the council’s website at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/covidtests