Lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempt from isolation ...

Lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempt from isolation ...
Lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempt from isolation ...
Ministers are forced into another change of plan as thousands of lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempt from isolation rules Ministers were warned last night hotels and restaurants face summer of closures  Staff at hundreds of lorry depots, police and stations can have daily tests A total of 2,000 testing sites could be rolled out over the next few weeks

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Ministers were forced into another climbdown last night as they announced thousands of lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempted from isolation rules.

As the backlash over the pingdemic crisis intensified, the government promised more testing sites at key workplaces to ease the chaos.

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Staff at hundreds of lorry depots, police and fire stations will be able to have daily tests as an alternative to isolating if they get pinged.

Ministers had already announced plans to set up 500 testing sites at factories, warehouses and distribution centres involved in supplying food to supermarkets.

Ministers were forced into another climbdown last night as they announced thousands of lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempted from isolation rules

Ministers were forced into another climbdown last night as they announced thousands of lorry drivers, police officers and firefighters will be exempted from isolation rules

A total of 2,000 testing sites could be rolled out in the next few weeks across all industries.

The government has also agreed a list of 16 critical sectors - including defence, energy and border control - where workplaces can apply for individual workers to be exempt from isolation rules.

But ministers were warned last night that hotels and restaurants face a summer of closures after hospitality workers were not included.

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: 'It is disappointing that the government has drawn the list of roles so tightly and left hospitality and the rest of the economy to face the consequences.

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