Waste technical specialists exempt from 14-day quarantine rule

Waste sector workers with ‘specialist technical skills’ are exempt from the government’s new public health measures which have outlined that UK arrivals will have to self isolate for 14 days.

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The Home Secretary Priti Patel released on Friday (22 May) the government’s new public health measures at the UK border to guard against a second wave of coronavirus infections. The new regime, due to come into effect on 8 June, will be introduced across the UK but enforcement measures and implementation dates will be set individually by the devolved administrations.

The exemption states: ‘A worker with specialist technical skills, where those specialist technical skills are required for essential or emergency works (including commissioning, maintenance, repairs and safety checks) or to fulfil contractual obligations or warranty specifications in, or in connection with, waste management facilities used for the management, sorting, treatment, recovery, or disposal of waste (including energy from waste).’

The measures will be reviewed every three weeks. Further details are expected this week on what documentation and contact/travel information will be required for those entering the UK but who are exempt from the 14-day self-isolation rule.

You can read more about the government’s latest public health measures for UK arrivals on its website.