The government has announced today that supermarket depot workers and food manufacturers across England are to be exempt from self-isolation rules.
Supermarket staff will not be included in the rule change and up to 10,000 staff will most probably benefit from the the new government scheme.
The supermarket, Iceland welcomed the new changes, but warned this will not solve the issue of staff shortages in supermarkets.
“The food supply chain only works if teams are in place to support at each stage – there’s no point in fixing the manufacturing and logistics issues if there is no one to put products on the shelves, serve customers at the till and deliver to their homes,” said Iceland boss Richard Walker.
Environment Secretary George Eustice told the BBC, that shop staff have now been excluded from the scheme as their inclusion would have been a “really significant undertaking.”
“You’re talking then thousands of different shops and many more people and we still want to maintain the test, trace and isolate system.”
Eustice then added that the government will keep the policy “under review, but we think this is a sensible first step.”
“We’re never going to take risks with our food supply chain,” he added.