Unions respond to new isolation rules

Unions warn eased isolation rules for critical workers do not go far enough to stop food and workforce shortages across the country.

They have renewed calls for rapid antigen tests to be made free and accessible as more household contacts will be allowed to return to work under the changes.

National Cabinet has expanded the list of isolation exemptions to now apply to transport and freight, health and emergency, food distribution, and energy and resources workers.

Telecommunications, media and broadcasting, education, and childcare workers are also exempt from isolation.

Workers in these industries will now need to return a negative rapid antigen test a day after exposure to COVID in order to get to work.

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