The U.K. government will give companies guidance within days on returning to work safely once the coronavirus lockdown is eased, as it comes under pressure from business not to withdraw its financial support too soon.
Firms will get advice on different types of workplace activity, including operating outdoors or inside someone else’s home, according to two people with knowledge of the government’s plans. The guidance will also address whether employees need to wear protective equipment and how transport should be used, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Boris Johnson has pledged a “comprehensive plan” to lift the lockdown that has crippled the British economy now the country has passed the peak of the disease.
As the prime minister eases the restrictions, he will have to tread a path between bankruptcies and mass unemployment if the lockdown lasts too long, and a second wave of the virus if curbs are lifted too soon. The next review of the Covid-19 strategy is due on May 7.
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