'Mayhem' and 'pandemonium' at Kettering testing and shop drive-in services in adverse conditions

The adverse weather conditions have lead to lengthy delays

Monday, 25th January 2021, 3:35 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 7:20 pm

As motorists still struggle with the snow and icy conditions queues for drive-in services have built up in Kettering.

From Covid tests to shopping, people have had to be patient due to staffing problems and freezing temperatures.

One motorist had described the scenes at Kettering Conference Centre as 'pandemonium' as the Covid testing facility reopened after a delay.

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Rhosyn Harris, senior responsible officer for Covid-19 testing at Public Health Northamptonshire, said: "Given the adverse weather experienced over the weekend, all our Covid-19 testing sites are under constant review to ensure they are safe and able to operate effectively.

"We have been assured by Department of Health and Social Care colleagues that if a decision is made to close a test site at any point, residents with an existing appointment will be notified and provided with an alternative testing location to ensure their test is able to go ahead. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Meanwhile, a Tesco Extra customer in Kettering had to wait over two hours at the Carina Road branch for their 'Click and Collect' this lunchtime with huge lines of cars hoping to be served.

The customer said: "There were just three bays open. We got stuck in a huge queue and it was mayhem."

Queues this afternoon for the drive-in test centre in Kettering

The icy weather is set to continue with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning from 6pm until 10am tomorrow (Tuesday).

Queue snaked up Thurston Drive
Queues for Click and Collect