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Lockdown POLL: As Boris shifts responsibility, are you happy to return to the office?

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Boris Johnson gave a press conference at Downing Street at 11am this morning, where he unveiled a series of new measures to ease the country’s coronavirus lockdown. The Prime Minister said it would be up to employers to decide whether workers return to the office from August 1.

The Prime Minister said it was not for the Government to decide if people should return to the workplace, and instead said the responsibility lies with employers.

From August 1, employers will have to decide whether they continue home working practices, or look to send employees back to the office.

But what do you think, are you happy to return to the office next month?

Mr Johnson said: “If the place of work is Covid-secure then our view is that it is safe.

“But, whether people should go into work, whether they need to go into work, is not something that the Government can decide.

“It is up to employers to decide, with their employees, whether they think the time has come for them to be more productive in a place of work for a greater portion of the week than staying at home.”

It comes after Mr Johnson urged Britons to return to “go back to work if you can” during his People’s PMQS last Friday.

He said: “I do want people to start to go back to work now if you can.

“But remember to obey the guidance, because that is the way also to save lives.”

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“What we’re saying now is that if employers think it would be better and more productive for their employees to come into the office and they can work in a safe way, in a Covid-secure way in the office, then there should be discussions between employers and employees and people should take a decision.

“What we’re saying is we want to encourage people that if it is safe to come into work, provided employers have done the work they should have done to make their work places Covid-secure as so many business up and down the country have already done.

“That’s what we want to see from August 1.”

During this morning’s briefing, Mr Johnson also said he hoped the UK could return to normality by November.

He said: “It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest possibly in time for Christmas.”

Mr Johnson also said social distancing rules could be scrapped by November.



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