Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicates that work from home guidance will be lifted in June
Boris Johnson has suggested that guidance to work from home will be lifted on June 21 – the final stage of the Government’s road map out of lockdown.
The Prime Minister said it is “certainly our intention” to end the work from home guidance at the final stage of the Government’s road map out of lockdown for England.
Boris Johnson has told MPs that the intention to change the guidance will go ahead “provided we stay on track” in the efforts to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking on Wednesday, May 12, Mr Johnson said: “We’ll wait until we’re able to say that with more clarity a bit later on because we must be guided by what’s happening with the pandemic. It does depend on keeping the virus down.”
According to reports, Government scientists have privately suggested that it makes sense for people to continue to work from home in an effort to reduce contact with others.
However concerns are raised over shops and cafes in town and city centres which rely on workers for trade and could continue to be hit hard if the guidance remains in place.
Downing Street would not be drawn on whether chief scientific adviser (CSA) Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty back the plan to change the guidance in step four of the road map.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I can’t speak for the CMO and CSA on this. The Government always set out its intention to review this guidance ahead of step four (on the road map).”