Original article from Kent Live
Supermarket chains Iceland and M&S have issued bleak messages to anyone who shops in their supermarkets.
Iceland is facing a staff shortage just after freedom day arrived on Monday (July 19).
The chain said that after keeping all of its stores open during lockdown, it has now had to shut some because 1,000 staff have been pinged.
Iceland managing director Richard Walker said around 4 per cent of its workforce were currently absent because of Covid.
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M&S has also warned of potential staff shortages due to an increase in people being pinged by the track and trace app.
The boss of Marks and Spencer, Steve Rowe, said by mid-August as many as 1 in 5 supermarket workers could be in home isolation.
The number of test and trace app 'pings' is growing rapidly – with some branding it a 'pingdemic'.
“If there’s shortages we’ll have to manage it by changing hours of stores [and] reducing hours,” Rowe said.
According to KentLive, businesses and unions warned that Monday (July 19) could be the first "chaos day" due to staff shortages triggered by workers having to self-isolate.
The self-isolation requirement will be abolished for contacts of positive cases for under 18s and for double vaccinated adults from August 16.
Testing will still be available after July 19, while hotel quarantine will continue to be enforced for those UK residents travelling back from red listed countries.