Labour is urging the government to bring forward the date for which double-jabbed people will no longer be told to self-isolate in England.
Sir Keir Starmer says it has been “a summer of chaos” for families and businesses and wants to bring England in line with Wales, which yesterday confirmed that their rules would be eased on 7 August. He said:
“The government has never been able to explain the logic of their self-isolation rules and has just repeated the same mistakes over and over again. The slapdash approach to this global pandemic is crippling our economy and creating real problems for businesses and families alike.”
Asked to explain the logic was behind bringing England’s timeframe forward, Sir Keir said:
“There is a huge difference between the dates, in this 9-days difference, there are hundreds of thousands of working days that will not be lost, businesses that won’t have the chaos they’re facing at the moment. We’ve got to find a pragmatic, sensible way to end this chaos as quickly as possible.”
Currently, anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace has to self-isolate for 10-days, unless they are on a list of critical workers. Anyone pinged by the NHS app is advised (but not legally required) to quarantine. Instead they will be encouraged to take a PCR test, though Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said this will not be enforceable by law.
The Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the 16 August date is “nailed on”.