The government announced on Friday that supermarket depot workers and food manufacturers across England are to be exempt from self-isolation rules.
The UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls warned that industry will “now face a summer of venue closures” as they have not been included.
Nicholls, said, “It is disappointing that the government has drawn the list of roles so tightly and left hospitality and the rest of the economy to face the consequences.
“We now face a summer of venue closures and reduced service, when we should be at a seasonal peak. The sector will do all it can to provide great service, but it will be with one hand tied behind our back.
“We all want to stop the spread of the virus, but we need a more pragmatic solution from government.”
She added, “Those who are fully vaccinated should be able to test after a ping and, subject to a negative result, carry on with their lives.
“For those not fully vaccinated two negative tests should be sufficient to return to work.”
The exemption starts from 16 August and the former Business who is now the chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee Secretary Greg Clark told BBC Radio 4’s World At One, “It is certainly an improvement but it seems to me that we have the opportunity to go further.”
Clark added, “My committee took evidence months ago now from Sir John Bell, the very distinguished regius professor at Oxford, who said that what should happen is, of course people testing positive for Covid need to isolate, but contacts should be able to take a test and isolate if positive, but go about their business if negative.
“That would avoid much of the disruption that we have and, actually, and Sir John made this point, would cause people to be more compliant with the advice.”