Retail store staff are not exempt from Covid self-isolation

Calls for the inclusion of store workers in a new self-isolation program have been rejected by the government.
// Supermarket staff have not been included in the list of key workers exempted from Covid-19 self-isolation rules
// However, those working in the grocery store supply chain should become exempt

Retail store staff have not been included in the government’s list of key workers who will be exempt from the latest Covid-19 self-isolation rules.

About 10,000 workers in the food supply chain industry are expected to be exempt from the rules, but the government has said that will not include supermarket staff.

Retailers, including Iceland and M&S, have previously warned that they have been forced to change opening hours and close some stores due to staff being asked to isolate themselves from the app. NHS testing and tracing.


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However, calls for the inclusion of store workers in a new daily testing program have been rejected by the government.

Employees of other key parts of the food supply chain, including distribution centers and food manufacturing sites, have been included in the government’s list of industries that will be exempt from Covid isolation rules .

These grocery store supply chain workers will now be able to take daily tests and continue working if they test negative, rather than being forced to stay home and self-isolate.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Sky News that “up to 500” distribution centers and food supply chain centers have been identified where workers could be part of the program.

Eustace told the point of sale that the exemption would begin today at 15 “priority test sites” before being extended to 150 supermarket depots and “several hundred” food manufacturers.

It comes after supermarket bosses warned that “pingemia” was impacting availability in certain food categories.

A record 618,903 people across England and Wales were asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app during the week starting July 8.

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