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17 July 2020, 12:14 | Updated: 17 July 2020, 12:15
The government’s guidance on working from home where possible is to be scrapped from 1 August.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined a string of changes in the continued lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, including hopes for 'a return to normality by Christmas'.
As part of the plans in getting the country back on its feet, the Prime Minister announced the ‘work from home if you can’ guidance will be relaxed from 1 August.
The change means employers will have discretion over whether to ask staff to return to their workplace.
He said at Friday’s news conference: “From the 1st of August, we will update our advice on going to work.
“Instead of government telling people to work from home, we’re going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.”
People were urged to work from home where possible from March, as coronavirus cases rapidly soared each day.
In the news conference, the Prime Minister also announced new powers for local councils in enforcing local lockdowns with the immediate closure of businesses.
He also shared his hopes for a “more significant return to normality from November, at the earliest, possibly in time for Christmas.”
From 1 August, remaining leisure settings can reopen, including bowling, skating rings, casinos and beauticians.
Nightclubs and soft play centres must remain closed for now.