Warning of staff shortage due to self-isolation


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Industry groups have warned that the decision not to relax the rules on self-quarantine until August 16 could lead to a serious staff shortage this summer.

Starting next month, British double jab people will not need to be quarantined if close contact is positive.

However, there are concerns that millions of people may still have to take a break this summer as incidents increase and most Covid rules are set to end on July 19. there is.

British hospitality said self-quarantine has already caused a “genocide” in businesses.

At this time, close contact with people who test positive for Covid should be quarantined for up to 10 days.

However, British hospitality boss Kate Nichols said the test could replace the isolation of people who have come into contact with Covid patients.

“We understand the need for attention and effective transmission control.” She wrote on twitter on Wednesday.

“What we are looking for is a practical adjustment to avoid the disadvantages of young workers. Testing to release according to overseas travel will reduce confusion without compromising protection.”

The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, near Cambridge, had to be closed this week as several staff members were contacted by the NHS Test and Trace app.

Owner Charles Bunker said sales have already fallen by 30% this summer, but raw material prices and staff wages have risen sharply. Due to the effects of testing and tracing, the cafe faced a “perfect storm.”

“In reality, most of these people aren’t sick and have just come into contact with someone who had to quarantine themselves,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money.

“We now need a system that people can test, and soon we find out they don’t have Covid and can get back to work.

“August 16th is two-thirds of our summer, and hospitality depends on having a good summer.”

‘Balance’

On Tuesday, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he expected the number of cases to “significantly increase” as restrictions were relaxed and could reach 100,00 per day.

by Analysis by The GuardianThis could result in up to 2 million people needing to self-quarantine this summer.

However, Executive Secretary Kwasi Kwaten argued that the government needed to strike a balance between the resumption of the economy and the suppression of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“On the one hand, restrictions are said to be too cumbersome, and on the other hand, they are said to be too loose in terms of lifting restrictions. That is balance, and that is the essence of politics. Judgment.”

Cumbria’s climbing center, The Wall, has only three staff, so if you need to isolate everyone at the same time, you’ll need to close the business, says manager Joe Holden.

All staff are under the age of 25 and no one has a jab, he added.

“It’s hard enough to get enough people through the door, not to mention keeping up with the rules that change every few weeks,” he told the BBC.

“As an emergency option, we need to hire more staff. [in case we’re forced to isolate] But as we train more people, our workload and costs increase. “

Another sector that is potentially at risk from rising self-isolation is beauty. Most companies in this sector are small and employ only a few staff. They also rely heavily on young workers.

Staff at KH Hair Salon in Leicester and Audby

KH Hair Group staff in Leicester and Audby

Lesley Blair, boss of industry group Babtac, said self-quarantine was “incredibly destructive” and urged the government to prioritize second vaccinations before August 16th. ..

“Or, ideally, change the rules according to certain conditions, such as daily testing, so that if the daily test is negative, the company will continue to operate and staff will be able to work. can do.”

However, Amanda Falls, owner of the KH Hair Group in the East Midlands, said he “welcomed” the relaxation of self-quarantine rules from August.

Of the 26 staff in her two salons, 20 are double-jabbed and those who are not are under the age of 20. One of the fully vaccinated staff recently had to self-quarantine, losing about £ 2,000 in income.

“Business can’t continue this way. If I’m tracked and tracked, I’ll be double-jabbed and I’ll smoke,” she said.

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