Workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible, the government has said in its new Covid-19 recovery strategy published this afternoon.
'Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’, states that workers working from home “will help minimise the number of social contacts across the country and therefore keep transmissions as low as possible”.
The document states: “All those who work are contributing taxes that help pay for the healthcare provision on which the UK relies. People who are able to work at home make it possible for people who have to attend workplaces in person to do so while minimising the risk of overcrowding on transport and in public places.
“All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open. Sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open should be open, for example this includes food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories.
“The only exceptions to this are those workplaces such as hospitality and nonessential retail which during this first step the Government is requiring to remain closed.”
The document added that workplaces should follow the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines which will be published this week. These will “ensure the risk of infection is as low as possible, while allowing as many people as possible to resume their livelihoods”.