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Freedom Day: Workers expected to return to office as restrictions lift

People walking to the office, someone working at home with a cup of tea and a woman and child working at home.

A return to the office could be on the cards for many workers (Picture: Getty)

The Government is set to relax its working from home advice on July 19, Boris Johnson has said.

The Prime Minister suggested that the country needed to learn to live with coronavirus and that returning to offices would benefit the battered economy.

Mr Johnson outlined the move at a press conference on Monday afternoon, when he confirmed that England’s unlocking is set to go ahead as planned on ‘freedom day’, following a previous delay. That decision is likely to be confirmed next Monday, July 12.

He said: ‘It will no longer be necessary for government to instruct people to work from home so employers will be able to start planning a safe return to the workplace.’

For months, Government advice has been that ‘everyone who can work from home must do so’ but that is now set to change with ministers arguing that the public needs to take personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus.

It comes despite surging Covid-19 case numbers – but limited growth in hospitalisations and deaths.

A lack of office workers has hit certain industries particularly hard, notably town centre cafes and shops missing passing trade, and travel providers.

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