Lidl Northern Ireland is laying claim as the first supermarket to sell Covid-19 antigen tests, which will be available across all 41 local stores from tomorrow.
Each pack of five test kits will retail for £24.99, with sales limited to a maximum of five packs per customer.
As of last month, Lidl had already committed to offering its 6,000 employees across the island of Ireland a free weekly antigen test.
The discount retailer was recently awarded Best Covid-19 Response by a Retailer at the Irish Quality Food Awards, recognising its protective measures introduced across its stores, regional distribution centres and offices including innovative queue management systems, dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and frontline workers, and community gift vouchers offering a remote payment solution for vulnerable or at-risk customers.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, our priority has been the health and safety of our colleagues and customers,” said JP Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland. “Following the introduction of free antigen tests to all of our employees in April, we are pleased to now add these to our range for our shoppers with hopes that they will offer some peace of mind as Northern Ireland begins to reopen and makes progress through the vaccination programme.
“We know this is a worrying time for everyone, and we urge our shoppers to continue to stringently follow the public health advice. It is our hope that by offering these tests, they will add an extra level of reassurance to our customers as they follow that advice.”