20 January 2022

Dental practitioners added to essential worker list

Following ADAVB advocacy dental practitioners are now exempt from isolation if they are a close contact

Dental practitioners and staff members in administrative or ancillary roles in a dental practice have now been added to the list of essential workers who are exempt from isolating to attend work if they are a household close contact.

The exemption only applies to close contacts who have no symptoms and have returned a negative rapid antigen test each day for five days, before attending work, and only allows the worker to attend work. When not at the workplace, exempted workers must otherwise comply with all quarantine requirements.

If at any time the exempted worker develops symptoms or tests positive on a rapid antigen test, the exemption no longer applies. If the person tests positive – they are a case and must isolate for seven days. They must notify their employer.

ADAVB members and practice managers please refer to the member communication emailed today (20 January 2022).

Further information and FAQs: adavb.org/resources/for-dental-professionals/covid-19/faqs