End isolation for vaccinated food workers

Reading, UK: The Cold Chain Federation is calling for an end to the close contact isolation requirement for fully vaccinated food logistics key workers.

The isolation requirement for fully vaccinated food logistics key workers ends on 16 August but the federation wants this to come into effect on from 19 July along with the ending of other coronavairus protection measures.

This crisis is already seeing food logistics businesses operating at reduced staffing levels and struggling to fulfil orders and the Federation says that waiting until 16 August to remove the close contact isolation requirement will put further strain on the food supply chain when it is already at breaking point, it says.

Shane Brennan, chief executive, Cold Chain Federation says: “Food businesses have managed to continue serving the nation through one extraordinary challenge after another over the past eighteen months, but we face the biggest food chain risk yet due to the disconnect between England moving to Step 4 on July 19 and the rules on self isolation not changing until 16th August.

“The logistics industry is already hit hard by a major recruitment crisis. The risk of considerable disruption to the food supply chain due to further staffing shortages can be reduced safely by bringing forward the end of close contact isolation for the food distribution workers who are fully vaccinated.
“There needs to be a balance of judgement in managing this period out of transition and we would not make this request if we did not feel it was absolutely necessary. Businesses across the cold chain have shown their ability to manage workplaces effectively throughout the pandemic and it is time to trust them again now.”



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