Sumary of List of 16 sectors where workers may be exempt from COVID isolation revealed:
- The government has released a list of 16 sectors where fully vaccinated workers may be exempt from isolation if they are told to quarantine after coming into close contact with a positive COVID case.
- Image: Hundreds of thousands of people have been ‘pinged’ by the app in the last few weeks It will only apply to workers who are fully vaccinated – and 14 days after their second coronavirus jab.
- More on Covid-19 This is when a wider relaxation for fully vaccinated contacts is set to take effect.
- Image: The Department of Health and Social Care said on Monday that railway signallers would be included in the exemption It added that those identified as close contacts of a positive case of the virus should only go to work if their absence would lead to the “loss or compromise” of “critical elements of national infrastructure”.
- If employers believe the absence of their staff would have this impact they are advised to contact the relevant government department.
- Business and industry figures have been calling for exemptions to be set out, amid warnings that staff shortages caused by the so-called ‘pingdemic’ are having a knock-on effect in a number of sectors such as the NHS, police and supermarkets.
- Any business which believes its workers should be exempt are asked to contact the relevant governmental department.
- Newly-appointed Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Throughout this global pandemic, critical workers across the country have been doing the extraordinary by delivering vital services – from policing the streets to keeping our transport links open.