Covid-19: Government U-turn on work from home guidance

In response to the rising number of cases of Covid-19, the Prime Minister outlined new measures in an address to the nation last night to try and tackle the spread of the virus. 

Boris Johnson reiterated the points he had made to MP’s in Parliament earlier in the day which included guidance that office workers should once again work from home where possible, despite advice earlier in the month to encourage people back to work. 

When addressing MP’s in Parliament yesterday morning, he said “we are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so.  In key public services – and in all professions where homeworking is not possible, such as construction or retail – people should continue to attend their workplaces.”

The Prime Minister was asked if he recognised that the guidance to work from home will be a source of dismay for many living in cramped, overcrowded accommodation.  To which he responded that where possible people should go into work if it would prevent a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing, adding “we’re saying you should work from home if you can”.

These new measures which include pubs and restaurants closing at 10pm have accentuated calls for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) to be extended, especially for the sectors so severely impacted such as hospitality. 

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