The British, employed in key industries for the country, will not be able to self-isolate due to contacts with people infected with the coronavirus. The list of 16 industries, whose workers will be subject to the new rules, was published by the government on Thursday evening, Trend reports referring to TASS.
Isolation will no longer be mandatory for employees of civilian nuclear facilities and water treatment plants, workers in the energy sector, agriculture, transport, emergency and border services, representatives of local authorities, and some military personnel. All of them, as well as representatives of a number of other professions, after close contact with a sick person, will be able to continue to go to work, but will have to take daily express tests for COVID-19. At the same time, outside working hours, representatives of key industries will still need to follow the rules of self-isolation.
The new rules only apply to people fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The government also warns that they will not concern all employees of key industries, but only those whose candidacies employers agree with the authorities. The Cabinet of Ministers emphasizes that the refusal to comply with isolation will be justified only in the event of a threat of disruption to the work of “key elements of the national infrastructure.”
Regulations in force in the country require the British to self-isolate for 10 days after close contact with an infected person. This rule applies even to fully vaccinated citizens, but from mid-August they will be exempted from this obligation. The Cabinet of Ministers had to introduce additional rules for workers in key industries due to a labor shortage that has arisen in many areas due to the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 and the need to isolate contact persons. In the first two weeks of June, more than 1.5 million Britons, not counting schoolchildren, received instructions to isolate themselves.
A special application for smartphones and a service of operators who call people who may be infectious help to identify contact persons in the kingdom. At the same time, in recent years, the system has been causing more and more complaints, both because of false positives and because of the rapidly growing number of Britons who are forced to go into self-isolation. The situation that has arisen causes interruptions in the work of urban transport, the supply of food to stores is disrupted.