The free coronavirus testing site at the Pepsi Center will have fewer lanes starting Sunday

Expect longer lines.

Denver's COVID-19 testing site at the Pepsi Center had about 2,000 reservations on July 8, 2020. The lines were long.

Denver's COVID-19 testing site at the Pepsi Center had about 2,000 reservations on July 8, 2020. The lines were long.

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The city will reduce the number of lanes at the free coronavirus testing site at the Pepsi Center from eight to four starting on Sunday, so expect longer lines if you’re planning on getting tested there over the next few weeks.

A release on Friday from the city’s public health department said they’re shifting from the large-scale COVID-19 testing at the site to more community-based testing after Sept. 30. Bob McDonald, executive director of the city’s public health department, said in a release the large-scale site provided the regional testing capacity needed in the early days of the pandemic.

“With that accomplished, the city can focus its testing resources where they are most effective, at a community level in highly impacted and underserved neighborhoods,” McDonald said in the release.

The city asks anyone who wants to get tested at the Pepsi Center to register online ahead of time, where the city will also be posting community testing locations.

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