Retailers say they are under “increasing pressure” to keep shelves fully stocked amid staff shortages caused by the “pingemia”.
Industry bosses have warned that supply chains ‘are starting to fail’ due to the number of workers, including truck drivers and meat processors, who are being cracked by the NHS COVID application.
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Some shoppers have posted photos of empty supermarket shelves in parts of the country on social media.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has now urged the government to change the self-isolation guidelines to help address the issue.
Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at BRC, said in-store staff and suppliers should be allowed to work even if they receive an alert to self-isolate for 10 days.
“The ongoing ‘pingdemia’ is putting increasing pressure on the ability of retailers to maintain opening hours and stock shelves,” he said.
“The government must act quickly. Retailers and suppliers, who have played a vital role throughout this pandemic, should be allowed to work provided they are double vaccinated or can show a coronavirus test, to ensure that there is no disruption of the public’s ability to obtain food and other goods.
“With cases soaring in the community, the number of healthy retail workers needing to self-isolate is rapidly increasing, disrupting retail operations. “
Getting mad by the app means you have to self-isolate for 10 days – but unlike being contacted by Test and Trace, this is a referral rather than a legal requirement.
The latest figures show that more than 500,000 people were polled by the app in the week leading up to July 7, which has fear that millions of people will be forced to work as coronavirus cases increase.
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