Boris Johnson has revealed his plan to get England back to ‘normality’ come Christmas time.
The announcement comes with even more topical news that will impact business owners, as restrictions are lifted further.
Changes In August
One of the biggest changes is that businesses will have the power to bring back their employees to the workplace, providing the space is safe on August 1st.
This safe workplace space should look like:
- Observing the 1m+ rule at all times.
- Clear one way systems.
- Cleaning of common areas and objects on a regular basis.
- Isolating ‘returned items’ for 72 hours before putting them back on the shop floor.
- Data collection for track & trace purposes.
These changes will come into effect on August 1st. However, businesses don’t have to bring their workers back, if they are happy with the current ‘working from home’ arrangements.
This means that the government are now handing over the decision to work from home to the employers, rather than the workers themselves. We expect that many who work ‘office jobs’ will be expected to return to their workplace.
This ties into the second announcement: people in England may now use public transport. This will help lots of workers get to their workplaces.
The Road To ‘Normality’
Of course all of these announcements are conditional. It will all depend on how the country progresses over the coming days.
In the roadmap, Boris also announced a few other notable restrictions that will be lifted on August 1st.
Live indoor theatre and concerts are able to resume from that date, weddings of up to 30 will be allowed, and close contact services (such as beauticians) can open their doors again.
From September schools, nurseries, and colleges will open for all children and young people.
October sees stadiums reopened, and other business events and conferences will be allowed to run again, providing they follow the guidelines on social distancing.
The final date in the calendar seems to be November, where Boris Johnson announced that could be the month when the leftover restrictions are done away with. This would lead to Christmas returning to ‘normality’ providing all goes to plan.
It will be interesting to see whether conferences and business events that were scheduled for the end of the year, will indeed reopen, or whether it will be easier to ‘cancel’ or move the event online – given the complications that social distancing could present at these large gatherings.
Restrictions will be lifted in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by their own independent decisions.
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