Retail NI welcomes executive decision on ‘self isolation’
‘Pinged’ double vaccinated workers in Northern Ireland can now take PCR tests, rather than ten days' self-isolation
17 August 2021 | 0
Retail NI has welcomed the decision of the NI Executive to bring Northern Ireland into line with the English date of 16 August for ‘pinged’ double vaccinated workers to take PCR tests, rather than ten days’ self-isolation.
The association’s members had reported widespread staff shortages putting huge pressure on their stores remaining open following workers getting ‘pinged’ via the app.
“We welcome that the Executive has listened to our concerns, as shops, the supply chain and our wider economy are currently experiencing widespread disruption with staff shortages,” said Retail NI chief executive Glyn Roberts.
“This move will provide relief to a significant number of our members who are on the verge of restricting opening hours and are running short on several product ranges,” he added. “Many of these member stores, provide food and other vital products to vulnerable and older members of our community, particularly in rural areas.”
Retail NI has also said it is keen to work with the Executive on the implementation of the scheme and to ensure full compliance with PCR testing.