Boris Johnson asked the British to get back to work tonight – in an obvious departure from government work from home if you can.
The Prime Minister suggested that people should return to the office if it is "safe" since he was holding an online Q&A session with members of the public.
The comments appear to mark a significant change in the ministerial message as concerns about a bloodbath of jobs on the main street increase. This week alone, 60,000 people are facing the ax because the economy will be affected by the blockade.
Cafes and cafes have reduced their workforce as demand has dried up in many cities. Many still work from home instead of going to the office.
Government concerns now seem to be shifting to the country's economic health, with fears that 1980s-style unemployment will make a comeback if normal consumer behavior is not resumed. Forecasts now expect the UK unemployment rate to exceed 10 percent by the end of the year.
Although the prime minister has consistently stated that his government is pursuing science related to coronavirus policy, it is unclear whether the chief medical officer, Professor Christ Whitty, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser and Sage chairman, will change the Have approved the message.
There are concerns that many employees will not be able to return, even if they want to, because of the lack of physical space in the offices due to the rules of social detachment, and public transport is underutilized.
The Prime Minister moved as follows:
- The R rate in south-west England could have been over one now, with government scientists admitting that the Midlands is now the only region where it is definitely below the central number. Across the country, it is estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9;
- Britain has only recorded 48 more deaths from Covid-19, bringing the official number to 44,650. This means that the average daily death rate has dropped to 74 – the lowest since March 24 and a 28 percent drop in a week
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled another major rescue package to plc in the UK this week, urging people to spend money on businesses crippled by coronavirus efforts
- Almost 60,000 workers are laid off after a number of companies pressed the layoff trigger less than a day after the Chancellor delivered a £ 30bn package to keep people from working
The Prime Minister suggested that people should return to the office if it is "safe" since he was holding an online Q&A session with members of the public today
Mr. Johnson said today, “I want people to work again as carefully as possible.
“It is very important that people work again when they can.
"I think everyone took their stay at home if they can" – I think we should now say: "Go back to work if you can". Because I think it's very important that people try to live their lives more normally.
"I want more people to feel safe using the shops, using the restaurants, and getting back to work – but only if we all follow the instructions."
Mr. Johnson also hinted that facial covering in shops will be mandatory to calm nervous customers.
He admitted that "the balance of scientific opinion seemed to have shifted" how effective temporary masks can be.
"I think we need to insist that people in tight spaces where they meet people they don't normally meet wear facewear," said Johnson.
Many grocery and beverage retailers have been hard hit by the fact that millions of Britons worked from home during the coronavirus crisis. Pictured at Marylebone station in London
Around 4,000 jobs are to be created at Boots, 48 of the optician shops are expected to be closed
"We are looking for ways to ensure that people actually have face covers, for example in stores where there is a risk of transmission."
How many jobs are at risk in the UK?
- Accenture – 900
- Airbus – 1,700
- Arcadia – 500
- BA – 12,000
- Beales – 1,052
- Bentley – 1,000
- Burger King – 1,600
- Casual Dining Group (Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas) – 1,900
- DHL at Jaguar Land Rover – 2,200
- EasyJet – 4,500
- Go outdoors – 2,400
- Harrods – 700
- Harveys – 240
- Left – 350
- Maternity care – 2,500
- Oasis Warehouse – 1,800
- P&O Ferries – 1,100
- Pret a Manger – 1,330
- Ryanair – 3,000
- SSP group (Upper Crust, Caffe Ritazza) – 5,000
- Ted Baker – 160
- TM Lewin – 600
- Tui – 8,000
- Victoria's Secret – 800 Endangered
The postponement came after the blockade in England had been loosened considerably since last Saturday. Pubs and restaurants can be opened as long as the precautions for "Covid Secure" have been taken.
However, the Prime Minister's advice to British employees to work from home wherever possible seemed to be still valid.
As evidence of the problems on the main street, pharmacies insisted that they need £ 370 million in loans for PSA and other coronavirus measures approved by the government.
National Pharmacy Association chairman Andrew Lane said: “There are many pharmacies across the country that are financially marginalized and crippled by the added cost of COVID19. When they close, the towns and villages they serve lose a popular and life-saving commodity.
“If the government is serious about stopping the slow death of the main street, it must act now and use its money where its mouth is.
"The government has managed to find more than a billion pounds for the arts sector, but is fluctuating at the forefront of financial support for health workers."
The owners of Wagamama and Frankie & Benny & # 39; s said earlier today that one in ten of its restaurants will not reopen before the end of the year.
The restaurant group said that stores – mostly at airports – won't open until next year at the earliest, as they're unlikely to attract enough customers to make it worthwhile.
Those affected are in areas "in which the number of visitors is likely to remain significantly weak," the company said on Friday in an update for the shareholders.
There is concern about the jobs of those working at the locations as the government vacation program, which covers salaries, ends in October.
After Boots, John Lewis, Rolls Royce, and Burger King this week, it is the youngest company to announce that it is struggling with the corona virus crisis.
The news is another blow to Rishi Sunak's struggle to maintain the British job, as nearly 60,000 workers have been laid off.
A number of companies squeezed less than a day after the Chancellor delivered a £ 30 billion package to keep people from working.
The restaurant group, which owns Wagamama (in the picture the Chancellor at a central location in London yesterday), said that the stores – mostly at airports – will not open until next year at the earliest
The restaurant group did not immediately respond to what would happen to its employees.
All stores that will reopen this year will serve their customers in late September, the company said.
By now, 60 percent of locations that open before the end of August can use the government's Eat Out to Help Out program, which gives guests up to 50 percent off their meals on the first three days of the week.
Every fourth restaurant and pub in the restaurant group will be open at the end of this month.
It said to investors: & # 39; The group has now gradually reopened its restaurants and pubs for restaurant trade in accordance with government guidelines.
& # 39; We are very happy to welcome our customers and colleagues again to ensure that their safety comes first and at the same time remains a pleasant experience.
"The group's diversified portfolio allows each business area to uniquely adapt to the challenges of social distancing while keeping the customer at the center of every decision."
The news comes at a turbulent time for the company. Last month it was announced that 125 Frankie & Benny locations would be permanently closed and 3,000 jobs pending.
Around 400 restaurants and pubs remain after the restructuring. The company's board of directors cut their salaries by 40 percent in early April when they claimed government vacation pay.
On Friday, they increased their pay, but will still need 20 percent less than normal until all employees are supported by the government.
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