PM Boris Johnson mentioned Britain isn’t going through a brand new age of distant working.
In a video message right this moment Johnson mentioned British folks could be “consumed once more” by wanting to satisfy folks in particular person as soon as the economic system reopens, and that this might have clear advantages for enterprise.
He added folks will probably be commuting to metropolis and city centres and holding face-to-face conferences inside a “few quick months”.
This message comes alongside the federal government’s announcement of plans to launch a mass-testing scheme as folks return to work as a part of getting the nation to “a brand new regular”.
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Though persons are being requested to earn a living from home till 21 June, ministers hope that date could be pushed ahead.
The PM has not given a transparent date for an finish to working from residence.
Underneath these new plans, individuals who do should go to work in particular person, comparable to these within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, will probably be examined twice per week for Covid-19.
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Johnson made this assertion at a Community Rail convention.
He mentioned: “I do know that some folks might think about that each one conferences are going to be held like this over Zoom or Groups or what have you ever, and we’ve received to organize for a brand new age through which folks don’t transfer round. I need you to know I don’t imagine it. Not for a second.”
On Monday Johnson additionally mentioned he didn’t imagine the Covid-19 pandemic would result in a elementary change to life in large cities. “I believe that London – and our nice cities – will probably be filled with buzz, and life and pleasure once more, offered folks have faith about coming again,” he added.
Nonetheless, the PM is taking a extra cautious method than final summer time when the federal government inspired folks to return to work in particular person, earlier than an increase in an infection charges within the autumn.
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Johnson’s feedback replicate an announcement made by Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon yesterday, who referred to as working from residence an “aberration.”
“This isn’t excellent for us and it’s not a brand new regular,” Solomon mentioned at a Credit score Suisse convention.
Barclays boss Jes Staley final month additionally mentioned working from residence was “not sustainable” for the financial institution because it impacted on collaboration and firm tradition.