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Chris Hipkins rejects suggestions close contact exemption scheme is too admin heavy

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Publish Date
Fri, 11 Feb 2022, 8:58am
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Chris Hipkins rejects suggestions close contact exemption scheme is too admin heavy

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 Feb 2022, 8:58am

Chris Hipkins is rejecting suggestions the close contact exemption scheme is too admin heavy. 

In phase two of our Omicron outbreak, critical business workers found to be close contacts won't need to isolate, if they return negative rapid antigen tests. 

But businesses will still need to apply online, and meet criteria set out by the Government. 

The Covid-19 Response Minister told Mike Hosking the system isn't convoluted. 

“Yes, we’ve stepped out that process pretty clearly so that everyone knows exactly every step in the process. But, it won’t be a complex process, the businesses will be the ones that determine whether or not they are an essential business.” 

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