THIS week there’s been a lot of debate around whether people should be returning to work in offices, or continuing to work from home.
Last weekend, it was rumoured that the Government was set to launch a campaign that would call on those working from home to return to their normal places of work. The campaign was apparently set to tell workers that their jobs were at risk if they didn’t get back into offices.
A few days later, however, there were reports that the campaign was to be put on hold, after worries that a full return to work could increase coronavirus cases, which could mean that schools would have to be closed again.
Office closures have had a big impact on businesses in city centres. Both Pret A Manger and John Lewis had to cut jobs as they saw their profits fall. However, smaller high street shops have seen their fortunes rise, as people have been relying on local shops instead.
Independent SAGE, a group of independent scientists off ring COVID-19 advice, says that a return to work should have the safety of workers at its core, that workplaces should be regularly monitored, and that no-one should be punished for being unable to return to work.
The Scottish and Welsh governments are still saying that workers should only return to offices if they can’t work from home. France has said that workers can return to offices, as long as they’re wearing face masks.