A food distribution company struggling with staff shortages is advising workers who are pinged by the app to follow a testing regime and continue working, in breach of the Government advice.
Bidfood chief executive Andrew Selley told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We know that they’re critical workers as part of the food supply chain, so if people are obviously positive or contacted by Test and Trace then they will have to isolate.
“If they are pinged we ask them to take a PCR test, if that’s positive then clearly they’ll isolate, but if it’s negative we ask them to come back to work and we have a process of doing lateral flow tests daily away from their workplace, and if that’s negative they can proceed with their work.”
Told the Government advice is otherwise, he said: “We think that’s appropriate and safe. The ping is advisory. We operate in Covid-safe workplaces and we’re absolutely key workers in terms of the supply chain to hospitals, care homes, prisons, and therefore it’s important for us to be able to keep offering that service to our customers.”