School forced to put sign up as lost ‘infected’ people ask pupils way to test centre

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A school has been forced to put up a sign because people who think they’ve got coronavirus keep driving on to the grounds – and talking to children.

The Friary School in Lichfield was forced to act as motorists looking for a nearby testing centre have gone to the wrong address.

In a tweet the school said: “COVID TESTING in Lichfield…

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“It is at the Friary car park in town – not the school…

“Definitely not a good idea to come into a school if you think you have COVID…”

Pupils and parents have revealed that some drivers are on the premises, roll down their windows and ask children if they’re in the right place.

The test centre is actually at University West car park in the road called The Friary, Lichfield – the postcode is WS13 6QG. The school is in Eastern Avenue, nowhere near.

A pupil said: “I was with my friend just leaving school and a car pulled up and a man asked if this is where you get tested. It’s frightening really.”

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A parent said: “It’s not good if people who think they have Covid-19 are driving onto a school, leaning out of car windows and asking children if they’ve gone to the right place.

”Clearly this is putting our children at risk – people should really check first before they set out. And if they think they’ve got coronavirus they definitely shouldn’t be talking to children.”

When the testing centre was announced earlier this year Cllr Liz Little, cabinet member for major projects and economic development, said: “I am pleased that Lichfield District Council is be able to support the County Council and NHS by locating a mobile testing unit in Lichfield and enable more local access to testing.

““I hope that users of the car park will understand the need for the car park closure and hope that it doesn’t cause too much disruption.”





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