England encourages work from home to reduce virus spread

England minister, Michael Gove has encouraged people to work from home, “if they can” to reduce social mixing and slow down the spread of the coronavirus

This comes as pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England are told they must have a 22:00 closing time from Thursday.

In July, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said people should “start to go back to work now if you can” and last month the government launched a campaign to encourage workers back to offices.

Mr Gove added: “We are stressing that if it is safe to work in your workplace, if you are in a COVID-secure workplace, then you should be there if your job requires it.

“But, if you can work from home you should.”

The new message brings England into line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have all advised people to work from home wherever possible throughout the pandemic.

Plans for sport with live audiences to return from 1 October in England were also being halted “for the moment” because of the risk of fans mixing on the way to the stadium or during half-time, Mr Gove added.