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Work from home orders to continue until late June at earliest


Feb 22, 2021

Employers have been asked to continue staff working from home until June 21 (Picture: Getty Images)

Employers should keep their staff working from home into June despite lockdown restrictions beginning to ease in March, new Government guidance has said.

Bosses have been told to let workers remain at home ‘wherever possible’ until at least June 21. All the Government’s limits on social contact are set to be removed by the date, at the earliest.

It is thought nightclubs could then also reopen on June 21, more than a year after they first closed in March 2020. Outdoor hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants, should reopen on April 12.

The Government’s ‘stay at home’ order will be removed on March 29, but will be be swiftly replaced by new advice to ‘stay local’.

Boris Johnson unveiled his four-step roadmap in the Commons today (Picture: Parliament TV)

Speaking in the Commons today, Boris Johnson laid out his four-step plan for leaving lockdown. There will be changes to the restrictions every five weeks if the Government’s requirements are met.

Johnson said of June 21: ‘We will aim to remove all legal limits on social contact and on weddings and other life events.

Current guidance states that people should work from home wherever possible (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We will reopen everything up to and including nightclubs, and enable large events such as theatre performances above the limits of step three – potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection.’

He continued: ‘Our journey back towards normality will be subject to resolving a number of key questions and to do this we will conduct four reviews.

‘One will assess how long we need to maintain social distancing and face masks. This will also inform guidance on working from home which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.’

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Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson has laid out his plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions in England, following weeks of lockdown which began on January 4.

The Prime Minister confirmed that the route back to normality will depend upon four tests for easing restrictions and will take into account the success of the vaccine rollout.

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