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 'Work From Home If You Can' Says Michael Gove Ahead Of New Restrictions

'Work From Home If You Can' Says Michael Gove Ahead Of New Restrictions

Michael Gove explained that there will be a 'shift in emphasis' when it comes to the government's working from home advice

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

People will be told to 'work from home if you can' as part of the new advice in a bid to tackle the second wave of the coronavirus.

Only last month, the government was encouraging people to go back to their places of work, where possible, to get the economy going.

Working from home once again.
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But it seems as if this is going to change, as Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove explained that there will be a 'shift in emphasis' when it comes to the government's advice on working from home.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "One of the things that we are going to emphasise is that if it is possible for people to work from home then we would encourage them to do so.

"It's important to stress that there are many, many, many roles which can't be performed from home.

"There are people in manufacturing, in construction, in retail and in other roles, and we recognise that's simply impossible and that's fine - we have worked to make sure you can have Covid-secure workplaces.

"We need to balance, obviously, the need to ensure people can continue to work and indeed critically, continue to go to school and benefit from education against taking steps to try to reduce the virus, which is why we can limit or appropriately restrain social contact."

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Among the new restrictions, there will be a 10pm curfew on pubs, restaurants and bars where there will be table service only from 24 September.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out new measures in an attempt to tackle the coronavirus as cases rise across the country.

Johnson will give a televised address to the nation later today (22 September) to lay out the new plans.

A spokesperson from No 10 said: "No-one underestimates the challenges the new measures will pose to many individuals and businesses.

"We know this won't be easy, but we must take further action to control the resurgence in cases of the virus and protect the NHS."

BBC

The PM has spent the weekend in meetings with various scientific advisers and senior officials to help decide how best to proceed during the pandemic.

Yesterday (21 September), Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance gave a briefing on the latest coronavirus data, which shows that the number of cases is currently doubling around every seven days.

They warned that if the country continues on this trajectory, it could lead to 50,000 cases a day by the middle of October.

Whitty said: "For the next six months, we have to take this collectively very seriously."

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Topics: News, Coronavirus