Business and industry to reopen in May with ‘Covid-secure’ offices for staff safety

Business and industry to reopen in May with ‘Covid-secure’ offices for staff safety

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined a new strategy to create “Covid-secure” offices where companies must place signs telling to stay two metres apart and supply hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities. The Government blueprint is designed to ensure a second wave of coronavirus deaths does not occur. Because the virus reproduction rate is now below one the Government is feeling more confident in letting some businesses open again, as long as they follow certain health and safety rules for members of staff.

Companies like British Steel, Persimmon, and McDonald’s have announced plans for a return in May, with Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, welcoming Persimmon’s decision to reopen sites.

He said: “This is another big step forward for housing and construction”.

Persimmon said it would restart work on April 27, a month after it felt compelled to shut its sites because of the Government’s lockdown restrictions.

The FTSE 100 house-builder, which sold more than 16,000 homes last year, is the latest in a stream of major companies to reveal plans to reopen this week with the new safety protocols.

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He said workers could be removed from sites if they do not adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Car manufacturers Nissan, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover have also said they will reopen their factories from next onwards.

The companies have issued strict safety measures following talks with the Government.

One such measure is that if staff show any symptoms of coronavirus then they should be told to go home.

Manufacturers BMW, Toyota, JCB and Caterpillar have also been involved in Government talks.

Published at Sun, 26 Apr 2020 09:46:00 +0000