‘Very narrow’ list of industries exempt from Covid isolation to be published today, says business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

List of exempted areas covid The isolation rules will be published on Thursday, the business secretary has revealed.

The prime minister’s official spokesman had earlier said that the government was not expecting to draw up a list of which jobs would be eligible for exemptions and would instead apply “business-critical sectors” to government departments.

but business secretary quasi quartengo It denied it on Thursday, saying Downing Street is “publishing guidance today” as a “very narrow” list.

He told BBC Radio 4s Today Program: “I don’t think it’s a question of applying for it.

“We are going to publish guidance today on who can be exempted.

“We are looking at different areas and we will publish today the areas that will be affected.”

The minister declined to set out on a timeline for the guidance to be published earlier in the morning, telling the BBC and Sky it was “upcoming” and would be issued “very soon”.

He told BBC Breakfast that the list would be “quite narrow, it would be too narrow, just because we don’t want to get into a big debate about exemptions”.

Helen Dickinson, head of the British Retail Consortium, suggests rules around self chosen solitude Revision should be made for people working in the food supply chain following increasing levels of employee absenteeism.

But Mr Quarteng said he would not “pre-empt” the list when asked if the food industry would be on it.

Empty shelves at Morrison’s in Bellewell, Liverpool

(Peter Byrne/PA)

He also contradicted his junior trade minister, Paul Scully, who said earlier this week that it was a decision for individuals and employers to decide whether to detach after “pinging” them from the NHS COVID-19 app.

“The rule is very clear, we must self-isolate. Its as simple as that. If you are pinged, you should self-isolate,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“I’m not going to confront people who break the rules or anything like that. I think they should just follow them.”

Retailers have warned they are under “increasing pressure” to keep shelves fully stocked, as they have allowed in-store staff and suppliers to work even though they have received alerts from the NHS app.

A food delivery firm battling a staff crunch has turned to drastic measures, in violation of government advisories, testing its employees and advising them to continue working.

BidFood Chief Executive Andrew Seely defended his view for delivery drivers to continue working if their negative consequences are “appropriate and safe” as they are “critical workers”.

BP has also said that lorry driver shortages are causing problems at some of the oil company’s petrol stations.

Additional reporting by the Press Association

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