Seven in 10 people said they now think it is vital that staff return to their workplace to avert a catastrophic economic crash. The survey conducted for The Sun on Sunday shows people remain wary of being exposed to increased coronavirus risks. Many respondents said they would continue to avoid shopping or eating out in restaurants.
But the poll shows the Prime Minister’s message to ease people back into normal life appears to have sunk in.
In a multiple-choice question, 54 percent of people said: “It is probably still risky to return to work but people should, to help the economy.”
Seventeen percent said: “It is probably safe to return to work and people should do so.”
Eighteen percent thought the risk remains too high for a mass return to the workplace.
Therefore, 71 percent of respondents in the YouGov poll support a drive to get people back into offices.
A total of 1,631 adults took part in the ballot.
The Prime Minister last week called for a cautious return to work.
Setting out the latest timetable for easing on Friday, he said employers would be given more discretion over working from home rules.
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Mr Johnson set out extra healthcare funding and new powers for local authorities to lock down COVID-19 hotspots.
He said: “We’re making sure we’re ready for winter and planning for the worst.
“But even as we plan for the worst, I strongly believe we should also hope for the best.”
Opposition leader Keir Starmer said it was vital that Johnson’s plan was endorsed by experts in order to win public confidence.
Mr Starmer said: “This can’t be done on a wing and a prayer.
“It requires a credible plan and national leadership.”
On Sunday the UK’s coronavirus death toll rose by 27.
The official total now stands at 45,300.
The number of coronavirus injections in the UK has risen by 726 to 294,792.