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25/09/2021

More workers are eligible for Covid exemption

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ITV News understands that after the government has expanded the list of industries for which its employees are eligible for exemptions, the most critical workers can now avoid self-isolation of the coronavirus. Among the people on the list are garbage workers. Previously, dozens of city councils across the country were forced to reduce the number of garbage collectors due to a large amount of garbage disposal and shortage of personnel. He told them to isolate themselves.

Despite the requirements of the hospitality industry, companies in this industry will not benefit from the expansion of the list. The government stated that in addition to the 800 healthcare, food and frontline services that have been identified, the expanded list would benefit 1,200 key companies and employers.

The announcement was made after the Cabinet’s Covid Operations Subcommittee met on Monday to discuss the response to the “epidemic,” and recently saw the NHS app telling nearly 620,000 people to self-quarantine in just one week.

The exemption does not apply to workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 or contacts with symptoms, regardless of their role or vaccination status; in this case, the self-isolation rules remain normal. Under the two parallel schemes, workers may be eligible for exemption from self-isolation.

You will see that workers like those involved in the food supply are being tested for Covid-19 every day. According to this plan, which also applies to frontline police and fire departments, workers can escape self-quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus, as long as they do not test positive. The plan is for everyone, not just those who have been vaccinated twice. It is understood that the new content in the list announced on Monday will follow these rules.

Another plan applies to key workers in the energy and civil nuclear power sectors, allowing some workers to avoid isolation when they test negative, have been vaccinated twice, and are registered with their employers.

The plan does not consider the automatic exemption of all workers in the above-mentioned departments; instead, companies should contact the corresponding government departments and tell them which workers they think should be exempt from self-isolation.

The government will then decide whether the worker meets the exemption criteria. The criterion is that the person’s absence will “have a significant adverse effect on the availability, integrity, or provision of basic services” or “have a significant impact on national security, national defence, or national operations.”

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the exemption policy is only intended to run until August 16 – when fully vaccinated close contacts will be exempt from self-isolation.

Government guidance issued at the end of last week suggested that there is no “blanket exemption” for all workers in the named sectors and that “in some exceptional cases” there may be critical roles in other sectors which could be agreed on a case-by-case basis.

Source: ITV News

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