Self-Isolation Exemptions for Essential Business
Changes are being made to self-isolation rules for close contacts of COVID cases, allowing essential staff in critical roles to return to work to maintain lifeline services and critical national infrastructure.
It will be possible to apply to exempt those who work in critical roles where staff shortages are in danger of putting essential services, such as health and social care, transport and the provision of food supplies at risk.
Exemption will only be granted in respect of members of staff who voluntarily agree not to self-isolate, and the employers’ duty of care to all their employees must be respected.
Strict conditions will apply – staff must be double-vaccinated and in receipt of their second dose at least two weeks previously. They will also require to have a negative PCR test and to agree to undertake daily lateral flow tests. Exemptions will be made on a temporary basis and last only for as long as there is an immediate risk to business or service continuity.
Applications can be made via the Scottish Government website.
If you have any questions please contact us on 0141 221 3181 or by email and we will be happy to help.