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  • Changes to self-isolation rules for health and social care staff

    Created: 06/08/2021

    The Scottish Government has announced changes to the self-isolation rules, which provide an exemption for health and social care staff. This is a limited change, to be applied in extreme circumstances, with staff who voluntarily agree not to self-isolate. It will allow essential staff in critical roles to return to work to maintain lifeline services and critical national infrastructure. Exemption to self-isolation will only be granted for members of staff who voluntarily agree not to self-isolate, and our duty of care to all our employees will be key. The exemption to self-isolate will last only for as long as there is an immediate risk to service continuity and strict conditions will apply:

    • Staff must be double-vaccinated having received their second dose at least two weeks prior to the request.
    •  Staff will be required to have a negative PCR test before the return to work and to agree to undertake daily lateral flow tests.
    • Staff would also be required to limit their social contact when they return home after work.

    The policy would ordinarily only apply to those who are a passing close contact and not those who are a close contact of a case within their own household. A passing close contact can be described as a contact a staff member has encountered that is COVID-19 positive, but who is out-with their immediate household and who they don’t have on-going exposure to.

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