Health Minister Edward Argar fails to rule out return to working from home
Health Minister Edward Argar today failed to rule out a return to compulsory working from home in England as coronavirus case numbers continue to increase.
Mr Argar said there are 'no plans at the moment' to advise all workers who can work from home to do so as he left the door open to the possibility in the coming weeks.
The minister said the Government is focused on 'making the rule of six work' and the hope is that the new restriction on social gatherings will be enough to get the virus back under control.
But he said the Government is 'continuing to review the science' as well as the latest infection rates amid fears that tougher lockdown rules could soon be reimposed.
His comments came after Boris Johnson urged people to stick to the new rule in order to avoid a return to even more draconian restrictions as he warned: 'We don't want to go there.'
Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics revealed the proportion of adults travelling to work has now risen above 60 per cent for the first time since it started its coronavirus impact survey back in May.
During lockdown the Government told all workers who were able to work remotely to do so.
Ministers then changed the advice at the start of August as they encouraged employees to head back to their desks amid fears over the long term future of town and city centres.
The Government is still encouraging workers to return to their normal commutes but the ...
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