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End of self-isolation rules for double-vaccinated people will finally give businesses much-needed certainty, says East Midlands Chamber

Commenting on changes to Covid-19 self-isolation rules from today (16 August), East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Today’s changes to the test and trace system are another important step towards normality and will finally give businesses the much-needed certainty they need if they are to fully recover.

“While the removal of almost all restrictions on businesses last month was a landmark moment in our battle against coronavirus, the so-called ‘pingdemic’ caused huge issues for companies that found themselves under-staffed and receiving cancellations from customers.

“The desensitisation of the NHS Covid-19 app and exempting some key workers from the self-isolation requirements helped some businesses but many industries that weren’t included have had to struggle on.

“Removing the requirement for double-vaccinated people to self-isolate means we are now arriving at a crucial point in the pandemic as we move from state-mandated rules to personal responsibility, which is what businesses have wanted to see for a long time.

“As our latest Quarterly Economic Survey for Q2 2021 demonstrated, confidence in the East Midlands has bounced back strongly and it’s clear businesses now want to grasp the opportunity of a fully open and functioning economy with both hands to make up for lost time.”