Covid app ping exemption: full list of job sectors where workers can avoid self-isolation

23 July 2021, 10:52 | Updated: 27 July 2021, 10:48

Covid app ping exemption: The full list of sectors where workers can avoid self-isolation
Covid app ping exemption: The full list of sectors where workers can avoid self-isolation. Picture: Getty

By Asher McShane

The Government has expanded its list of critical workers who have been told they can avoid self-isolation if pinged by the NHS app.

Over the past couple of weeks, many industries have said they've been put under strain after workers have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system.

In response to the so-called "pingdemic", the Government has now said that some critical workers won't have to self-isolate if they get pinged, providing they test negative for Covid-19.

But which sectors are included? Here's the full list of exemptions...

Who do the new rules apply to?

The new rules will apply to some fully-vaccinated workers - people who had their second dose more than 14 days ago.

Supermarket depot workers and food manufacturers, meanwhile, will be exempt from quarantine rules and allowed to do daily testing instead.

The exemptions will allow people identified as contacts by NHS Test and Trace or the app to carry on working if their failure to do so would have a "major detrimental impact" or risk national security.

The Government said it "will not cover all or in most cases even the majority of workers in critical sectors".

It is not a "blanket exemption" for all employees in a sector and only applies to those who have written approval of their request.

There may be some "exceptional" circumstances where a role meets the criteria but is not on the list, in which case the employer is advised to contact the relevant Government department where queries will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Daily testing is going to be offered to workers in food production and supply chains to avoid staff shortages.

The Government scheme doesn't include retailers, who have complained about staff shortages because of "pings" from the NHS app.

Minister why are the sectors on the 'let off list' all about food?

Which sectors are on the exemption list?

  • Energy
  • Civil nuclear
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Food production and supply
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Veterinary medicines
  • Essential chemicals
  • Essential transport
  • Medicines
  • Medical devices
  • Clinical consumable supplies
  • Emergency services
  • Border control
  • Essential defence outputs
  • Local government
  • Manufacturing maintenance
  • Engineers
  • Specialist reach truck drivers
  • Official vets
  • Environmental health officers
  • Landfill operators
  • Water engineers
  • Laboratory staff essential to the batch release of medicines
  • Environmental agency staff operating critical flood defence assets
  • Prisons
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecoms
  • Defence
  • Communications
  • Space
  • Fish
  • HMRC

But exemptions in most of these areas will be "very limited", the Government said.

When do I need to self-isolate?

Currently, you must self-isolate for 10 days if:

  • You have symptoms
  • You test positive for Covid-19
  • You live with someone with Covid symptoms
  • You live with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • You are told by the NHS Covid app that you must self-isolate
  • You arrive to the UK from a "red list" or "amber list" country

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Footage shared with LBC shows alleged fireworks celebrating the Iranian president's death.

Fireworks and dancing as Iranians celebrate President Raisi’s death following helicopter crash

Police chiefs have been told to arrest fewer people due to a shortage of space for prisoners across England and Wales.

Police chiefs told to arrest fewer people to save space in overcrowded prisons

Donald Trump

Trump campaign says it will begin accepting cryptocurrency contributions

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani pleads not guilty in Arizona election interference case

Prince Harry 'turned down the King's invitation to stay at a royal residence'.

Prince Harry ‘turned down King’s offer to stay in royal residence’ during UK trip because it ‘didn't come with security'

A screenshot taken from AP video showing a general view of northern Gaza as seen from southern Israel, before it was seized by Israeli officials

Israel says it will return video equipment seized from news organisation AP

Craig Mackinlay has said he wants to be known as the first 'bionic MP' after losing both his arms and legs to sepsis.

‘I’m the bionic MP’: Craig Mackinlay says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ as he reveals he lost both feet and hands to sepsis

Former US president Donald Trump sits in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York

Defence rests without Donald Trump entering witness box in hush money trial

A veterinarian feeds a young howler monkey rescued amid extremely high temperatures in Tecolutilla, Tabasco state, Mexico

Howler monkeys ‘falling out of the trees like apples’ in sweltering Mexico

Mobile coverage is being expanded across the network.

Full list of London Underground stations to receive phone signal this summer - is yours listed?

Prince William hosted a garden party on behalf of his father King Charles

Prince William hosts rain-soaked Buckingham Palace garden party in absence of King Charles

Jan A P Kaczmarek poses with the Oscar for best original score for his work on Finding Neverland during the 77th Academy Awards in February 2005 in Los Angeles

Composer Jan A P Kaczmarek, Oscar winner for Finding Neverland, dies aged 71

Lawbreaking from the extreme-left is just as bad from the extreme-right, Robin Simcox has told LBC.

Lawbreaking by Just Stop Oil is as bad as similar acts by extreme-right, Commissioner for Countering Extremism says

Fred Roos

Fred Roos, Godfather Part II producer and longtime Coppola collaborator, dies

Matthew Trickett, 37, who was on bail after appearing in court accused of assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

Former Royal Marine charged with spying for China on Hong Kong activists found dead in park in 'unexplained death'

Smokes rise to the sky after explosions in the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel

UN halts food distribution in Rafah due to lack of supplies and insecurity