Boris Johnson | PM encourages staff to WFH if possible until April 2021

    PM encourages staff to WFH if possible until April 2021

    Yesterday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the Government’s revised three-tier system which will replace the national lockdown from December 2, 2020.

    One of the main points, according to the Guardian, is that workers in England who can work from home should do so until April 2021.

    In addition to this, the publication reported that under each tier of new restrictions, staff in England should continue to work at home if they can.

    It has been reported that the new ‘tougher’ rules under this three-tier system will likely last until the end of March 2021 if they are voted through by parliament.

    Guidance stated: “The previous tiered system had an impact on viral transmission, but Sage advised that stronger measures would be needed in some areas to prevent the epidemic from growing. The tiers therefore need to be strengthened to keep the virus under control.”

    In tier 1, the Government website explained that people will be encouraged to minimise travel and work from home where possible.

    In tier 2, alcohol can only be served in hospitality settings as a part of a substantial meal and in tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery and takeaway. Also within tier 3, indoor entertainment venues must close too.

    The BBC reported that regions won’t find out which tiers they are in until Thursday.

    Speaking on the news that England will return to a tiered system after the current national lockdown measures ease, Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said that going back to localised measures will provide more flexibility for organisations.

    “With the holiday season approaching, this is an important time for firms to be able to open securely where possible. Many will remain under tough restrictions, however, and these businesses will need to know soon where they stand.

    “They will also need support - not just with the rapid return testing the Prime Minister mentioned but also with enhanced financial support - including for Directors of limited companies. As our JobsOutlook report shows, employers are looking for support from temporary workers as an important lifeline to help them through the Christmas season. With better testing more workers will be able to access such opportunities with increased stability.”

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