Firms are being told by ministers on how to get people back to work in the coming days and weeks amid growing concerns over the growing economic impact of the lockdown.
“Businesses should start planning to return to work, follow Government guidelines and have safety in mind.”Nigel Holland
Many people in the Government believe there is plenty of scope within the existing rules for more people to be working, and is now encouraging firms to reopen.
It came as the chief medical officer said there was now “scope for manoeuvre” to ease some restrictions in the near future because the transmission rate of the virus is now within a manageable range.
British Steel, Persimmon and McDonalds are among the latest in a growing number of firms announcing that they are reopening despite the lockdown.