BRITS should continue to work from home according to the Government’s chief scientist – despite Boris Johnson’s plea for millions to return to offices.
As revealed by The Sun, the Prime Minister will tomorrow tell the nation it is once again safe to use public transport and head back into workplaces.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates
But in another day of mixed messages, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser, appeared to directly contradict Downing Street.
Speaking to MPs, Sir Patrick said he could see “absolutely no reason” why millions of Brits should not continue to work from home to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Addressing the Common’s Science and Technology Committee, he said other Government advisers shared his concerns.
Sir Patrick said: “My view on this and I think this is a view shared by SAGE, is that we're still at a time when distancing measures are important.
“And of the various distancing measures, working from home for many companies remains a perfectly good option because it's easy to do.
“A number of companies think it's actually not detrimental to productivity, and in that situation, there’s absolutely no reason I can see to change it.”
This comes as Mr Johnson is poised to rip-up the work-from-home guidance tomorrow – giving bosses the green light to welcome staff back to the office.
He is planning to hold a Downing Street press conference to tell millions of Brits that it will be safe to return to the office next month.
The PM is expected to appear alongside the Test and Trace chief Baroness Dido Harding to unveil a new 'Contain Framework' designed to prove to anxious workers that the virus is “under control” in their local areas.
The pair will also flesh out the Government’s ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy spelling out extra measures to stop outbreaks over the coming months – which they hope will give people the reassurance they need to venture back to the office and onto buses and trains.
The move will finally end the blanket work-from-home policy that has seen the vast majority of Brits shut out of the office for more than four months.
Source: Read Full Article