Revealed: List of sectors where workers may be exempt from Covid self-isolation
More than 600,000 Brits are currently at home isolating after being 'pinged' by the Covid test and trace system
The government has unveiled its list of 16 sector where fully vaccinated workers can be exempt from isolation after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 case, provided they test negative.
Pressure on Number 10 to relax self-isolation rules has been mounting in recent days, as more than 600,000 Brits were self-isolating last week after being 'pinged' by the NHS Test and Trace app.
The sectors include:
- Civil nuclear
- Digital infrastructure
- Food production supply
- Veterinary medicines
- Essential chemicals
- Essential transport
- Medical devices
- Clinical consumable supplies
- Emergency services
- Border control
- Essential defence outputs
- Local government
Those workers will be able to leave their isolation to travel to work provided they test negative for Covid-19 - but must remain home if they test positive.
It only applies to workers who have had two-jabs, and 14 days after their second vaccine. The government has said they would publish a list of critical job which would be exempt under the guidance, but so far only sectors have ben named.
The exemptions are only intended to run until August 16, which is when rules around self-isolation are eased.
Workers have also been warned they will only be exempt if their employer has received a letter from the government on which their name is listed.
However the government added this is not a "blanket exemption" for all workers in a sector and "will not cover all or in most cases even the majority of workers in critical sectors".
For more information, further details are available on the government website here.