This question now being asked of us by some of our customers is to clarify when they will be able to return to work as “normal”.
The government’s roadmap sets out four key steps on the way to this.
Step one is where we are now, with schools and education resuming on site. If things go well and there isn’t a significant increase in the numbers of cases and hospitalisations after 29th March we should be able to meet in groups of up to six or two families, and outdoor organised sport will resume.
Step two will start no earlier than 12th April when it is hoped that all retail will be allowed to re-open along with hairdressers, etc. Pubs and restaurants offering seated outdoor service will also hopefully be allowed to reopen.
Step three is due to start no earlier than 17th May, at which time it is hoped that indoor hospitality will resume along with indoor sports and exercise classes. International travel will be also be reviewed at this stage.
Step four is planned for 21st June when it is hoped that all current restrictions will be lifted.
As for returning to working in offices, the advice from the government remains to work from home wherever possible until Step four.
The government have made it very clear that they will be reviewing the impact of each step before moving to the next and whilst it is possible that some elements may be delayed, it is highly unlikely that any will be brought forwards.
If you are one of the businesses that will be re-opening soon, it is imperative that you review your COVID-19 risk assessment, to ensure the safety of your staff and customers. If you need any help with this visit the COVID-19 page of our website or call your account executive to arrange a call with one of our consultants.
Last week I was lucky enough to get vaccinated early and I am feeling confident that we are moving in the right direction. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we will be meeting face to face again.