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Defra issues updated guidance for 'reasonable excuse' exemptions from self-isolation

29th Jul 2021 / By Alistair Driver

Defra has issued updated guidance setting out the details around 'reasonable excuse' exemptions from self-isolation that will apply until August 16.

The updated guidance outlines how to request a 'reasonable excuse' letter, and includes further details about eligibility, the process, and a list of the critical sub-populations that may have a reasonable excuse to leave self-isolation to attend critical work.

The guidance also includes a link to a new online request form for 'reasonable excuse' letters.

Defra said: "Self-isolation remains an essential tool in our national efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus. In the small number of situations where the self-isolation of close contacts would result in serious disruption to critical services, a limited number of named workers may be able to leave self-isolation under specific controls for the purpose of undertaking critical work only."

The guidance does cover many roles within the supply chain, but not livestock keepers. 

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: "Anyone who is experiencing issues and needs an exemption that cannott wait until August 16, when isolation restrictions will be lifted anyway, should let us know." 

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