Sumary of 10,000 food supply chain workers to be exempt from isolation rules – but supermarket staff not included:
- Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government has identified “up to 500” distribution centres and food supply chain hubs where workers could be part of the scheme.
- Pressed on why supermarket store staff are not included in the plans, the environment secretary said that would be “a big departure” from the current test, trace and isolate approach.
- Business group the CBI said supply issues could hamper the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19.But on Thursday at a roundtable with supermarket leaders, Mr Eustice and newly-appointed Health Secretary Sajid Javid outlined plans for daily contact testing for workers in the food and drink industries.
- Mr Eustice described food businesses as the “hidden heroes of the pandemic”.
- “And Mr Javid added that food and drink sector workers have “overcome enormous challenges and done everything they can to keep our shelves stocked and our fridges full”.
- Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News the government is ‘concerned’ by the so-called ‘pingdemic’ The government added that “critical roles in the food supply chain” will also apply to the new isolation rule.
- Earlier on Thursday, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Kay Burley on Sky News the list of those exempt from isolation would be “quite narrow”.