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Boris Announces Phased Return to Work Plan

Boris Announces Phased Return to Work Plan

Wednesday 13th May marks the start of the government’s phased Covid-19 recovery strategy as the UK moves into a new “stay alert” phase that also sees the reopening of some key industries. On Sunday, the Prime Minister sketched out a conditional plan for how the country will gradually come out of lockdown, while emphasising the need to keep the infection rate under control.

The relaxation of rules mean that people can now take unlimited outdoor exercise and drive to parks and beaches for recreational activities. They can meet one person from outside their own household if they stay two metres apart. The Prime Minister also said that while people should continue to work form home where possible, those who were unable to work from home should go to work providing their workplace was open.

In a 50-page “Plan to Rebuild” document published yesterday, the government advise that a strong economy is the best way to protect people’s jobs and ensure that the Government can fund the country’s vital public services, including the healthcare response. Sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open should be open, for example food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories.

The document states that workplaces should follow the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines, and further guidance was published in eight sector specific documents on how to achieve this. Measures include increased sanitising of the workplace at regular intervals, shift working and avoiding public transport where possible.

Construction was one of the first industries to return to work, ensuring vital infrastructure projects can continue. High-value manufacturing has also resumed in some sectors, with Aston Martin and Rolls Royce some of the first British firms back in production. This acknowledges the economic pressure to come out of lockdown, while taking stringent measures to avoid a second peak of the Covid-19 virus.

Mr Johnson said that this would form phase one of coming out of lockdown. Phase two will involve a phased reopening of shops and some primary aged pupils could return to school by June 1st. The third phase could see some hospitality businesses and other public places reopen by 1st July. This will depend on data corroborating that the infection rate continues to fall. Progression will also depend on the government’s ability to sustain increased testing, the implementation of a successful track and trace programme, and of course the development of a vaccine alongside other effective treatments.

Many sectors are experiencing a high demand for temporary staff during the crisis. If you’re returning to work on a temporary contract, Contracting Scout can assist with the administration of your billing and invoicing requirements to ensure you are set up quickly and paid promptly. To talk to a member of our team, call:  0203 603 1878

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