The government has released a list of 16 sectors in which fully vaccinated workers can be exempted from self-isolation if asked to self-quarantine after coming in close contact with a positive COVID case.
Sectors include energy, civilian nuclear, digital infrastructure, food production and supply, waste, water, veterinary drugs, essential chemicals, essential transport, drugs, medical devices, consumables clinics, emergency services, border control, essential defense products and local government.
Covered persons will be able to leave their COVID-19[female[feminine isolation to get to work and do their job after a negative daily test but must stay home if not and go directly to quarantine if they test positive.
It will only apply to workers who are fully vaccinated – and 14 days after their second coronavirus vaccine.
The government had said it would publish a list of critical jobs that would be exempt – but so far there is nothing more specific than the sectors named above.
The exemptions will only be open to a “limited number of appointed workers” in critical departments and are only supposed to run until August 16.
This is when a broader relaxation for fully vaccinated contacts should take effect.
Workers have also been warned that they will only be exempt if their employer has received a letter from the government with their name written on it.
The government has said “this is not a blanket exemption for all workers in a sector” and guidelines released Thursday night stressed that the process “will not cover all or, in most cases , even the majority of workers in critical sectors ”.
He added that those identified as close …
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This notice was published: 2021-07-22 09:10:00