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Brits told to STILL work from home if they can after May 17 but PM says we’ll be back to the office soon

Brits told to STILL work from home if they can after May 17 but PM says we’ll be back to the office soon

BRITS should continue to work from home if they can from May 17 – despite lifting rules on pubs, restaurants and allowing people to mix inside.

Workers are currently allowed to come back into office buildings if they wish, subject to social distancing requirements and building limits, but Boris Johnson said that people will eventually get bored of it.

Working from home some days a week will become the norm for many Brits
Working from home some days a week will become the norm for many Brits

The PM confirmed last night that people are still to be told to work from home if they can, until at least June 21.

But he insisted that people will get back to the office in time, saying: “the more people can communicate electronically.. the more reasons they find to meet face-to-face…

“I’m pretty certain that eventually our city centres are going to be full of bustle again.”

A review of social distancing and whether it should stay is expected to form a key part of lifting all rules next month.

But for the moment, people will still have to stay working from kitchen tables and their desks at home.

Nearly all of Britain’s 50 biggest firms are planning more flexible work-from-home models following the Covid pandemic.

Millions of Brits were told to stay in their homes last March, and flexible working looks set to be here to stay.

Most companies plan on using a hybrid model of work, allowing staff to stay at home for a couple of days a week post-pandemic.

A staggering 43 per cent of the country’s biggest firms are on board with the hybrid working schedule, according to a survey.

And just four employers are still deciding whether the mixture of working from home and office working will be beneficial for them.

With long and expensive commutes, many people are preferring to spend some time at home.

But millions are keen to get back to their colleagues, alongside going out to visit bars, pubs and restaurants once again.

The work from home advice comes despite people being allowed to see up to six others inside restaurants from May 17, the PM confirmed.

And Brits will even be allowed to go on holiday too, making the work from home rules look even more barmy.

The lockdown lifting rules confirmed last night include:

Ministers are satisfied that the tests for relaxing lockdown measures have been met, and it won’t risk progress to allow more freedoms.

Step three will go ahead as planned as the data shows thanks to the vaccine rollout, we are making good progress.

It will be the biggest relaxing of lockdown rules yet, with near-normality being reached.

June 21 is expected to see all remaining rules ditched.

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Nightclubs will be able to finally reopen, and all other rules on social contact will be ripped up.

But it’s not yet clear if wider social distancing rules and mask laws will be ditched, yet, and there are fears this could remain through until the colder winter months, where Covid is expected to spread more easily.

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