Agents are to be told this week that employees can drop face masks, social distancing and other workplace measures put in place over the past 17 months to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
The Financial Times, quoting people preparing briefing documents to be issued in the coming days, says 14 documents issued by the government since the start of the pandemic are to be condensed and published as revised guidance to companies this week.
It is expected that the guidance will give employers and employees more discretion on workplace rules.
The FT says: “The revised guidance is due to require companies to carry out health and safety risk assessments as well as provide advice on ventilation and hygiene, but leave employers to make many of their own decisions on appropriate measures to minimise Covid-19 in the workplace.”
Last week the Cabinet Office held meetings with business leaders to give them an opportunity to have input into what are being called ‘light touch’ guidelines for workplaces.
This FT report backs up a hint given to BBC viewers a week ago when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said people working in offices would be trusted “to exercise good judgement” when it comes to masks.
It remains the case that most legal restrictions in England regarding Coronavirus are to be lifted in a week’s time, on July 19.