by BFFF
Jul 20th, 2021
5 mins
BFFF

ENGLAND

It was reported yesterday that a number of “critical workers” will be exempt from self-isolating for work purposes if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Speaking virtually at a Downing Street news briefing, the prime minister confirmed the exemption would apply to a “very small number” of crucial workers including hospital and care home staff, those working in key transport roles and those involved in food production.

“I want to assure you that we will protect crucial services – including the staffing of our hospitals and care homes, the supplies of food, water, electricity and medicines, the running of our trains, the protection of our borders, the defence of our realm – by making sure that a small number, a very small number, of named, fully-vaccinated critical workers are able to leave their isolation solely for the work that I have described”

Government have now provided the following press release.

Government Press Release

Whether a new list is released is being debated, with the Government saying on Tuesday that a list would not be released, but followed up on Wednesday with a statement that a list ‘was being worked on’.

SCOTLAND

Nicola Sturgeon confirms critical workers exemption in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced new guidance in Scotland which included the food and transport industries with strict conditions, this requiring applications through the Scottish Government website (below). Staff must be double-vaccinated, with the second dose at least two weeks previously. They will need to have a negative PCR test and agree to daily lateral flow tests. Exemptions only apply to staff who voluntarily agree not to self-isolate.

See link to Scottish government website:

https://www.gov.scot/news/self-isolation-rules/

See link to centre for national critical infrastructure:

https://www.cpni.gov.uk/critical-national-infrastructure-0

WALES

Wales will not follow England to exempt certain jobs from self-isolation

Rules which will see a list of critical workers in England able to avoid self-isolation rules will not be introduced in Wales. The health minister for Wales Eluned Morgan said as part of the next review cycle, could see the country move to Alert Level Zero in early August, the government aims to “remove the requirement for people who have been fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.” “Until any changes are introduced it is essential that anyone asked to self-isolate does so”, Ms. Morgan added.

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