returning to work again

Returning to work – again

As we approach a year of Covid-19 lockdowns in the UK, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with the rollout of the vaccine.

On Monday (22/02/2021) we all tuned in with baited breath to watch Prime Minister, Boris Johnson lay out the Government’s roadmap to easing the lockdown restrictions in England and Wales. In his announcement, Mr Johnson laid out dates for schools returning, non-essential shops opening and guidance on the potential to start socialising outside our household again.

As one of the leading office fit-out firms in the South East we were listening out for any guidance on whether/when offices can reopen and workers can return to work. If you want to speak to a member of our team about your office space and making it more Covid-19 friendly, make sure you get in contact on 01344 303504 or email us.

The Roadmap

The Prime Minister’s announcement laid out a slow return to normality; with pupils returning to school on the 8th March and socialising in public outdoor spaces with one other person allowed, those who have been working from home full-time might be able to get away from home schooling, and eventually back to the office.

The next stages of the roadmap are dependent on four factors relating to controlling the virus, so while the dates announced are useful in terms of benchmarking, nothing is set in stone.

These four factors are:

the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, assessment of new variants and keeping infection rates below a level which could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.”

If these four tests are met, April 12th will see the reopening of non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor attractions/hospitality.

What about office workers?

As of yet there is no official guidance on the subject. Returning to an office environment will likely depend on each independent business. For example, many estate agent offices have remained open throughout this lock down as the property market aids the recovery of the economy.

Essentially the wholesale reopening of offices in England and Wales will be dependent on how the rollout of the vaccine goes; with some employers insisting upon employees having at least the first dose of their vaccine before returning to work.

With most businesses (outside the hospitality sector) now able to function remotely, it is unlikely there will be any great rush to get people back into the office; so, if you are an employer and looking to update your office, now might be the best time to do it.

The office space will be changed forever in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, make sure that your employees feel safe and comfortable when they return by reassessing the format and layout of your office.

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your workplace requirements make sure you give us a call on 01344 303504 or email us.

We are experts in commercial office fit-out so, whether you are looking for a major overhaul or simple alterations to your existing workspace, get in touch. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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