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Michael Gove: “If people can work from home, they should”

This morning (Sept 22), Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove has stated that Government advice is changing its emphasis back to telling people that they should work from home if they are able to.

Speaking to the BBC Breakfast this morning, Mr Gove said:

“If people can work from home, they should.

“But I stress that it’s very important that those people whose jobs require them to be in a specific workplace do so.”

When he was asked if this was a change in advice from what the Government had been saying previously, he confirmed that it was a change in advice.

He quickly added that this new advice was not going to be a return to the lockdown that the UK saw in March.

New measures are expected to be announced in line with the new advice; it is hoped that these things together will avoid a complete second lockdown.

Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition, in his speech at the Labour Party conference, said:

"It (a second lockdown) would take an immense toll on people's physical and mental health - and on the economy."

On Monday, the UK's Covid-19 alert level moved to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially".

The Prime Minister is expected to announce further restrictions coming in to place later on today in the Commons and a further address to the nation is set to take place at 8PM tonight.

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