A "surprisingly" low number of close contact exemptions are being requested by Tasmanian businesses under the modified isolation rules for critical workers that were introduced to prevent loss of workforce.
This is despite distribution issues starting to show an impact across the state, with meat aisles in some supermarkets sitting empty.
Premier Peter Gutwein said 59 businesses across the Tasmanian agriculture, aquaculture, manufacturing, freight and logistics sectors have requested isolation exemptions, for a total of 268 critical workers.
The new rules announced last week allow the close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases to leave isolation, providing they have no symptoms and produce a negative RAT test each working day, for the remaining days of their isolation.
The rules were brought in following the release of a National Cabinet framework that aimed to manage loss of workforce in critical supply, logistics, manufacturing and essential service sectors.
More than 550 RAT tests have been provided to the businesses.
Premier Peter Gutwein said the state had not experienced the same supply chain issues that were being felt on the mainland, but photos of Tasmanian supermarket meat aisles suggest that some impact is now occurring.
"A lot of supply chain interruptions were being felt on the mainland in major distribution centres. We hadn't started to see significant issues here in Tasmania," Mr Gutwein said.
"I was a little surprised in terms of the low numbers of requests for exemptions. On Friday, when we opened, we had 15 requests for exemptions, on the weekend that lifted to 39, and we now have 59 businesses who have requested exemptions."
Businesses need to apply to WorkSafe for a close contact worker exemption, and RAT tests will be provided for the next nine days.
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