Last week, The Independent Food Distributors Australia (IFDA) highlighted the supply chain disruptions that have arisen due to staff shortages caused by the close contact rule. IFDA called on the government to either immediately remove the rule or come up with a new solution.
As a result, there has since been a change in the close contact rule in NSW and QLD that provides an exception to critical workers in food growing, manufacturing and logistics industries. Those individuals who are close contacts but asymptomatic will be allowed out of isolation to work if their role is essential for food supply.
These workers will be required to wear a mask, undertake daily rapid antigen tests, and isolate should they receive a positive result or develop any symptoms.
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