THIS week there’s been a lot of de­bate around whether peo­ple should be re­turn­ing to work in of­fices, or con­tin­u­ing to work from home.

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Last week­end, it was ru­moured that the Govern­ment was set to launch a cam­paign that would call on those work­ing from home to re­turn to their nor­mal places of work.

The cam­paign was ap­par­ently set to tell work­ers that their jobs were at risk if they didn’t get back into of­fices.

A few days later, how­ever, there were re­ports that the cam­paign was to be put on hold, af­ter wor­ries that a full re­turn to work could in­crease coro­n­avirus cases, which could mean that schools would have to be closed again.

Of­fice clo­sures have had a big im­pact on busi­nesses in city centres. Both Pret A Manger and John Lewis had to cut jobs as they saw

their prof­its fall. How­ever, smaller high street shops have seen their for­tunes rise, as peo­ple have been re­ly­ing on lo­cal shops in­stead.

In­de­pen­dent SAGE, a group of in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tists of­fer­ing COVID-19 ad­vice, says that a re­turn to work should have the safety of work­ers at its core, that work­places should be reg­u­larly mon­i­tored, and that no-one should be pun­ished for be­ing un­able to re­turn to work.

The Scot­tish and Welsh gov­ern­ments are still say­ing that work­ers should only re­turn to of­fices if they can’t work from home.

France has said that work­ers can re­turn to of­fices, as long as they’re wear­ing face masks.

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