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