There are concerns over empty supermarket shelves as the Government struggles to contain the so-called ‘pingdemic’.
Retailers warned the situation around alerts from the NHS app is “untenable” and requires an urgent rule change.
A lorry driver shortage is also putting increased pressure on the country’s grocery supply chain and empty shelves were witnessed in some supermarkets across the country. The reasons why we are seeing empty shelves are here.
Richard Walker, the boss of Deeside-based frozen food chain Iceland, says they have been forced to shut shops and reduce hours at others because so many staff are self-isolating, also saying the issues with the supply chain because of a lack of HGV drivers, was making it “increasingly very challenging” to keep shops open.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged ministers to “act fast” to allow fully-vaccinated workers, or those who test negative, to be exempt from isolation after a “ping”.
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On Thursday, the UK Government’s Business Secretary told shoppers not to panic over supermarket shortages as
He was also forced to tell businesses to continue following the isolation advice after a boss of a food distributor revealed he was asking delivery drivers to take tests and not quarantine.
Downing Street this week suggested that there would be no list of sectors whose fully-vaccinated workers could face loosened isolation restrictions to prevent staff shortages.
But in the face of mounting pressure, Mr Kwarteng said: “We’re looking at different sectors and we will be publishing today the sectors that will be affected.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “I don’t think it’s a question of applying for this”, despite No 10 having said businesses need to apply to Government departments.
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