Companies have started publicizing their plans to get workers back into the office after the & # 39; e coronavirus eventually ceases, with staff likely to have a string of restrictions, such as working in isolation for social distance.

Companies are preparing for ministers to release a series of workshop guides that do not go into & # 39; granular detail & # 39; about the measures that should be taken, even if security is strengthened, which seems to be in June.

Standard Chartered bank can keep staff at home after unlocking, while car manufacturer Vauxhall will hang red tape from the ceiling to set up social distance and home builders will limit workers to one home at a time.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has asked officials to offer advice on how a slow return to work could be safely managed for seven different workplaces, including offices, factories and construction sites.

In other developments with no end in sight of the crisis:

  • Boris Johnson explained that Britain is taking & # 39; past the highlight & # 39; is a coronavirus – but urge the public to & # 39; continue & # 39; with lockdown to prevent a fresh outbreak.
  • Britain today announced 674 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals, nursing homes and elsewhere, taking the UK's official death toll to 26,711;
  • A report has warned that London's transport network could be crippled when the UK eases lockdown measures after TfL furloughed 7,000 staff;
  • Ministers have admitted that the government & # 39; probably & # 39; Matt Hancock's goal will be to fail to run 100,000 tests per day – although the numbers have jumped to 81,000;
  • A poll found that two-thirds of the public believe the government acted too late in imposing & # 39; e lockdown;
  • Fresh questions have been posed about the SAGE Group amid allegations that it has been influenced by politicians and senior officials;
  • NHS fundraising hero Tom Moore has been promoted to colonel and honored with an RAF flypast to mark his 100th birthday;
  • Top surgeons have warned thousands of people will die from Covid-19 if Britain's strict lockdown is lifted at this stage, saying the NHS should not be used as a & # 39; punchbag & # 39; to prevent economic damage;
  • Germany has said its coronavirus reproduction frequency is 0.76, well below the growth level of one, despite fears about reducing curb edge. But scientists have warned that the UK has less room to maneuver on lockdown, so it doesn't have much less intensive care beds

Here, MailOnline looks at how returning to work can look for some of the various sectors in the & # 39; e UK economy:


Construction companies are likely to be one of the first to come back to work, with some still working during the pandemic amid advice that the virus will spread much less effectively outside.

But workers have accused the government of leaving them at risk by leaving construction sites open, with workers saying they fear they will lose their job if they fail to report for duty.

Workers have complained that it was virtually impossible to keep a safe distance from colleagues in an environment where staff often fit or moved large items together.


Chief Executive Peter Redfern said some employees will be at work from next Monday, saying the initial return to work will involve just three or four people who won't make sure the sites are set up correctly. Sub-contractors are then likely to return in a stacked manner by May 11, before receiving up to 80 per cent of normal capacity over a month. The company has said that most of its sites are vacant and it is therefore quite easy to create & # 39; a single-family home, or at least a floor & # 39; to ring. But it also told about the complexities of people who don't interact when they sign up, eat, wash or change facilities – and when tasks are needed for two people, such as raising a window, they aim to provide employees with additional personal protective equipment.


Proved to be the largest building scheme in & # 39; UK history, work is ongoing on the site for the Hinkley Point C project in & # 39; a severe pandemic. EDF Energy, which is behind the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Somerset, said last month that the number of people on the site has fallen by more than half to about 2,000, but work has been completed, with measures implemented to prevent spread of infection. These include split shifts, extra buses, including social distance markers and driver protective screens, and broken breaks, while temperature controls are also maintained upon entering the site. But there are no plans to increase the number of people on site in the coming weeks.


Physical work on project sites remains temporarily paused, with no set date for a restart yet. Project bosses say that much of & # 39; & # 39; s infrastructure The central section is now substantially complete, with fit-out closer completion at many stations such as Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road with all the physical work done in tunnels, shafts and portals. But while physical work is paused, Crossrail staff have continued with the other main element of the program – train software development and signaling systems along with passing on the large volume of insurance and safety certification that should be completed for the Elizabeth- line.


Work on the controversial rail project remains full of progress, with about three-quarters of its 200 locations now open, Chief Executive Mark Thurston told the Government's Transport Committee this week. He told MPs that project bosses took two weeks to check when the lockdown was triggered, making sure they were only able to work through if social distance could be maintained. Some of the measures that have been implemented on pages include blurry shifts, temperature controls and hand washing upon arrival, extra hygiene supplies, extra PPE, and the removal of fingerprint turnstiles. There are also rules about one person per car, one person in the bathroom, contact-free supplies, cleaning of equipment before and after use, one-way routes with floor markings and operatives are asked to run, cycle or drive. driving instead of using public transport.


The company plans to start mobilizing construction sites with effect from May 11 with the intention of a & # 39; phased return & # 39; after construction work. Redrow, who closed all his places on March 27 and sacked 80 percent of his staff, said net reservations have been & # 39; very low level & # 39; run since the shutdown a month ago was imposed and will do so until the government allows people to move home. The company has launched an online course for staff on what precautions to take. There will also be dedicated Covid-19 site supervisors, signage and personal protection equipment. Deputy chairman John Tutte had previously declared that construction sites would not reopen until July.


A whopping 373,000 property transactions with a total value of £ 82 billion have been put on hold because of the lockdown, with questions now being asked about home repainting being able to restart and turn. Alistair Brown, founder of Glasgow-based Alistair Brown International Real Estate, pointed to new technologies such as Resivue that won't work as a digital sales brochure. He told MailOnline: & # 39; With this app, customers in particular can view a property through 3D tours and floor plans, connect with estate agents via live chat and have the ability to view each home, update property details and enter minutes on & # 39; a brand. & # 39; He said this means that views do not necessarily have to take place for ratings, although viewing homes by buyer & # 39; is still essential for a sale & # 39 ;.

Chris Norris, policy director for the National Association of Residential Landlords Association, said he believes value estimates and views go back to normal, adding: & # 39; Valuations can be performed with social distance observation. There is no reason for a landlord, vendor or tenant to be present at an appreciation. & # 39; He also argued that displaying a listing in & # 39; could be done & # 39; almost completely remotely or personally without a landlord or homeowner present & # 39 ;, adding that any negotiation could then be handled via phone or video call.

As for the survey, Simon Jackson, MD at SDL Surveying, said: "We expect a devastating change in post-lockdown work practices with brokers and researchers who can work in a more normal way, but still respect social distance and work within certain guidelines in relation to their own health and those of & # 39; resident, the presentation of the property, the presence of & # 39; a resident, plus the PPE used. By doing this, we think we will be able to begin inspecting properties and performing physical assessments. & # 39;

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UK car manufacturers make detailed plans to ensure the safety of & # 39; employee when they return from & # 39; e lockdown, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – May two-thirds of the work that is currently furloughed.

The number of cars built in the UK last month dropped by 37 percent, and factory closures, forced by the crisis, could result in 257,000 fewer cars being produced this year if UK plants remain close to mid-May.

This amounts to an estimated cost to the industry of around £ 8.2 billion, equivalent to 20 per cent of & # 39; the combined annual turnover of UK car manufacturers. The SMMT said a successful restart requires a clear plan, built on four pillars.

These include re-opening retail and stimulating demand, clearing safe and sustainable production, securing and supporting skilled supply chains, and ensuring a supportive regulatory framework is in place.

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce will become the first UK car company to restart full production after the coronavirus lockdown, with staff returning on May 4. Bosses said 1,000 employees – half of & # 39; the total workforce – would be back at & # 39; re-production line from that date with the production of their exclusive Phantom, Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan models. Support staff such as marketing and sales will continue to work from home. The Goodwood factory at Chichester will operate one shift every day, instead of the normal two. Personnel will wear protective clothing and masks, and will comply with social distance rules in accordance with health and safety advice.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Lagonda has announced that it will resume operations on May 5 at St Athan facility, in Wales, following guidelines from Public Health Wales and Public Health England to protect its workforce. It said it & # 39; teaches in terms of health & safety & # 39; will count when it reopens its main car plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire at a later date.


Bentley says that as of May 11, it has a set of about 250 & # 39; comprehensive and wide & # 39; new hygiene and social distance measures will be introduced during a phased return to production at the company's headquarters in Crewe. Full production is expected to recover on May 18 with a later, staggered return to work for office-based colleagues & those who can't work at home. The measures are built around seven key areas – prior to work, travel, entry, preparation for work, workstations, breaks and leaving the site – and are designed to protect staff at the factory, which exceeds 4,000 people count and where every Bentley is built by hand.


Nissan has announced plans to rebuild cars in June after production stops more than six weeks ago. The car giant said its Sunderland plant will remain closed in May, with a phased resumption of work the following month. During the unveiling, Nissan personnel used their manufacturing and distribution skills to create personal protective equipment, including visors and jackets, for the NHS. The Japanese company had previously called for new security measures at the Sunderland factory with 50 employees who were back to work last week.

Jaguar Land Rover

Britain's largest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover, has announced that it will slowly & # 39; slowly & # 39; should resume in the middle of & # 39; robust & # 39; guidelines to support a return to work. Bosses at JLR said manufacturing will resume next month at the & # 39; s major assembly line in Solihull, West Midlands, and at its engine plant in Wolverhampton. JLR has furloughed about half of its workforce – though it has taken the option of cutting its wages to 100 percent. It confirmed that about a quarter of & # 39; s employee Solihull in & # 39; back in mid-May – the production hub for SUV models including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-Pace.


French bosses from Vauxhall said the Ellesmere Port plant – which produces the Astra – during the lockdown & # 39; active & # 39; has been to implement a protocol of enhanced health measures. This includes more than 100 measures, such as controlling the temperature of employees and their self-monitoring symptoms. Wearing glasses on the site will also be complemented by a daily individual supply of masks, and respecting safe distances between people. Measures include breaking areas with markings on the floor, keeping doors open – except fire doors – to avoid contact with handles and frequent cleaning of tools. The company will also hang red tires from the factory roof to ensure workers stay two feet apart on & # 39; floor, as well as place markers in rest areas and even at urinals in & # 39; men's toilets.

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The hospitality is on & # 39; the back of & # 39; a queue when it arrives at the & # 39; s exit plan for getting & # 39; the economy of Britain, although some aspects of it were continued during the lockdown.

Takeaway deliveries are mostly passed on through independent businesses through apps like JustEat and Deliveroo, while some hotels remain open to provide beds for key workers and beach tourists.

However, cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants all pose great risks in terms of social distance. Some have even proposed limiting pub clients to two or three pints to prevent establishments from becoming too crowded.

But proposals are being sought to protect workers and customers in these sectors when they re-open, such as piecemeal shift patterns, more hand sanitizers and ensuring minimal contact between employees.

Emma McClarkin, chief director of industry body the British Beer and Pub Association, told MailOnline today that it's & # 39; difficult to say when & # 39; pubs are expected to reopen and how the future of & # 39; e pub look & # 39 ;.

MCDONALD & # 39; S

McDonald's is doing tests this week behind closed doors in preparation for page reopening, to look at social distance measures for personnel, personal protection device options and open in limited capacity. The company also wants to make sure it will have enough supply of fresh produce, but said it will remain closed for the first time and will only open if it & # 39; s absolute trust & # 39; is, it has the appropriate measures to ensure the well-being of staff and customers. It is thought that the fast food giant, which is already operational in coronavirus-threatened France, could open some of its 1,249 restaurants in Britain for forwarding or delivery orders to & # 39; e middle of next month.


KFC will reopen 80 more restaurants for deliveries, making it the latest fast food chain to boost its plans in response to the coronavirus lockout. The fried chicken chain has gradually opened 20 of its pages for deliveries in the last two weeks. It said yesterday that it will now reopen an additional 80 restaurants in the UK this week, and the total of it will take 100 to Monday. The chain, which has more than 900 pages nationally and employs about 24,000 people, closed all its restaurants last month because of the lockdown. KFC said it was a & # 39; restricted menu & # 39; will serve to help smaller kitchen teams maintain social distance, while & # 39; strict hygiene processes & measures & # 39; inside. Food will be delivered through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.


Burger King said yesterday it hopes to open at least 350 of its restaurants by the end of June as part of a distributed recall following the lockdown. It has already announced plans to open 12 restaurants out of its current crop of 500. UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch said a scale back menu could allow staff to socialize when making food, with the arrangements being # 39 ; t be set up for drive-through restaurants, and set up with trials to start on how to open high street locations in & # 39; e street.


Pub chain Wetherspoon plans to reopen its 880 bars in June with social distance. The company said its locations were larger than its rivals and that would help it attract customers. But bosses have said they can still end up with & # 39; 43,000 staff after five weeks of zero sales in & # 39; e pubs and hotels of the company. Founder Tim Martin, who volunteers to take a 50 percent loan amount, said: & # 39; We look forward to re-opening and welcoming our teams. & # 39; The pub group says sales for several months could be down 25 percent, even after it & # 39; s opened its 880 pubs.


Marriott has said it will reopen our hotels on a case-by-case basis and said its public space and surfaces of & # 39; e guest room & # 39; treated daily with hospital class disinfectants & # 39 ;. It is also farms disinfection wipes in each room for guests to use, and install more hand sanitizing stations at the entrances to their hotels, close to reception, lift desks and fitness and meeting rooms. It is also scheduled to roll out electrostatic sprayers with disinfectant to clean surfaces in the hotel, and testing ultraviolet light technology for cleaning keys for guests and appliances shared by staff.


The French hotel chain implements a series of measures to ensure the safety of staff and guests, including & # 39; enhancement & # 39; of housekeeping procedures for bedrooms and public areas, and customizing food and drink offerings with restaurants that can't open. The group, which has chains with a presence in Britain such as Ibis, Mercure and Novotel, also encourages online check-in and check-out online, providing more facilities for handwashing and hand-sanitizing and observing social distance with signage and markers.


Hilton is working with Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Dettol and Lysol, and the US hospital group Mayo Clinic to build the & # 39; Hilton CleanStay & # 39; brand with an increased focus on cleanliness. These policies will include sections in rooms to see when they were last cleaned, and replace frequently-used items such as guest folders with digital options available upon request, paying special attention to ten high-touch areas, detailed in an image below. The initiative will launch in June, and could also close hotel fitness centers multiple times each day.

This graphic shows how cleaners at Hilton hotels will pay special attention to ten high-touch areas in each room

This graphic shows how cleaners at Hilton hotels will pay special attention to ten high-touch areas in each room

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The retailer is gearing up for a domino-like collapse in already fragile markets amid a lockdown that has been hampered by shoppers in recent years making the choice to make purchases online and sky-high business rates.

Concerns are mounting that consumer spending will slow down if lockdown restrictions are lifted and stores are allowed, with social distance expected to remain in stores across the country.

With many workers in various salary positions who have been overcome by the prospect of losing their job, analysts are skeptical about companies' hopes that the workforce will immediately return to previous levels.

British Independent Retailers Association boss Andrew Goodacre said: & # 39; Vendors will need some notice to give them the opportunity to plan for rebuilding and creating systems that will not allow these measures in place.

& # 39; On top of these practical issues, we must accept that footfall and sales remain below normal, and this will make it difficult for some of & # 39; e retailers to stay open during & # 39; the transition period. & # 39;


Next has announced that they plan to start by opening stores in retail parks, which have larger floors and have more space for social distance measures to place. These stores also have the longer store opening hours, which means that there are often fewer customers visiting at the same time in the & # 39; shopping store, proportionate to its size. After supermarkets, managers will set up a system whereby customers are asked to stand outside in queues before leaving. Inside the store, there will be two-meter markings on the floor to encourage customers to observe social distance. There will also be hand sanitizers. At the checkout there will be plastic screens to separate workers and customers.


The shoe and handbag retailer said it took their online retailer three weeks to adjust our warehouse process, but went back yesterday. Her news procedures include a diminished team who voluntarily return to work in a warehouse, regular deep cleaning of his site and work spaces, reducing contact between teams and courier partners, building physical barriers between work stations in them. warehouses, extra shifts for washing staff and extra sanitation stations in their warehouses. The customer care team continues to work remotely, and stores are close.


Debenhams said they are preparing for social distance measures prior to returning to work, and bosses have placed orders for personal protective equipment, acrylic screens and signatures – all of which will be installed prior to resumption. All stores will also have a deep clear before welcoming customers again, and there will be an employee on every floor to help maintain social distance. As for the beauty section, there will be no touch and social distance in place, but staff will provide remote demonstrations and customers will be able to use individual testers for skin color and individual scent samples.


John Lewis bosses decide which of their 50 stores will reopen after reducing the & # 39; lockdown, with insider sources claiming & # 39; highly unlikely & # 39; all of them will survive. The retailer was forced to close all 35 of its department stores and 15 smaller John Lewis At Home stores when Britain closed down. It saw 400 personnel fired and another 14,000 furloughed. But earlier this week, it was revealed that retail bosses have begun to consider which stores are not financially viable – even if social distance measures make it easier. A spokeswoman said: & # 39; Our stores are likely to reopen in three stages over a total period of three to six weeks. & # 39;

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The tourism industry has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic like no one, with companies on the verge of limiting implementation in Britain last month prohibiting anything but essential travel.

British Airways is set to release 12,000 workers, Virgin Atlantic has asked the government for a £ 500m deposit and almost all UK flights are fully grounded.

Andrew Charlton, of Aviation Advocacy, said: & # 39; Even as tonight's vaccines start to rain, we still look forward to two years to get back to levels & # 39; s that were seen before the outbreak. It will probably be more than five years. & # 39;


EasyJet plans to keep the center seat open in a row of three to encourage more people to fly after the lockdown. Chief Executive Johan Lundgren does not think this will require too much enforcement, as he does not expect the aircraft to be full after the lockdown. He said it's an idea for the initial phase after the shutdown and doesn't know how long the measure should be in place, adding: & # 39; I think it's important for customers to understand that we're taking this very seriously, and in the First of all, our concern is about the well-being of our customers and the well-being of our people. & # 39;


Ryanair boss Michael O & # 39; Leary has said he will not consider flying with the middle seat vacated. He needs all the seats for sale for his prediction that 80 percent of the airline's schedule will be back by September when European flights resume in July. & # 39; Even if you do, the middle chair provides no social distance, so it's kind of an idiotic idea that doesn't help at all, & # 39; he said. Instead, he aims to perform temperature controls for all passengers and crews and make wearing face masks mandatory.


Tui have canceled trips until the end of May and have delayed the TUI River Cruise, due to launch last month, until November. TUI has not yet pledged for measures after lockdown, but has promised to constantly monitor the situation and then act accordingly. They said, & # 39; We, like other travel companies, want to travel again as soon as we can and will do so in accordance with government advice. & # 39;

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Those who & # 39; re working in the & # 39; beauty industry are entering & # 39; maintain close contact with customers during their visit and therefore owners must put in place new practices to survive health and safety fears in salons.

Millie Kendall, chief director of the & # 39; British Beauty Council, told Femail that they work with bodies in & # 39; a trade sector to a set of hygiene and safety guidelines that can't be applied anywhere in salons and retail.

Social distance will mean a reduction in clients and customers over a work day, and staff may need to work on shorter shifts. They also encourage companies to purchase personal protective equipment for personnel.

She said the & # 39; unlikely & # 39; makeovers and testers will continue – and they are partnering with the British Association for Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and the Federation of National Menopause to create a & # 39; new way of working & # 39;


Headmasters told Femail that it plans for personnel to wear PPE & # 39; as provided & # 39 ;, but said it will not be stored until advised to prepare by the government. The company said staff & # 39; do not want to waste valuable resources from & # 39; e brand that is needed by people who work on the front line and suggest that the government will at least recommend face masks for protection. & # 39; The company also said it & # 39; prepares partition screens & # 39; makes between sections of their salons and & # 39; at the backwash & # 39; to create physical barriers between clients and to limit person-to-person contact. Salons can only be run at half capacity with low sections between each client, and with varied opening hours and shift patterns that can help to keep the two meter rule.


Toni & Guy told Femail that the chain will be run by government's advice when it comes to the timing of their recovery and their approach. & # 39; The most important thing is for us to provide a safe environment for our clients and our teams, & # 39; said a spokeswoman. She added that salons will work with a & # 39; client promise & # 39; that includes & # 39; gold standard hygiene, social spacing measures, & personal and team protection equipment & # 39 ;. The spokeswoman also said the chain & # 39; will continue to develop these plans in line with government advice before re-opening & # 39;

JAMIE STEVENS, famous barber

The barber of & # 39; fame said his outlet in Clapham, South London, in & # 39; e fourteen days brought various security measures before it had to close, including paper cups for beverages, disposable disposable but recyclable towels, and hand processors. He added: & # 39; Many salon owners know that the return of COVID-19 will mean a busy period. We could say at this point that we expect hair salons to be as busy as our Christmas periods. To address the high demand, we plan to extend our first opening hours and potentially hire a new talented stylist to join the brand. & # 39; Mr. Stevens also acknowledged that there will be "many clients who are still engaged in cleaning salons and what precautions are being taken to maintain their security".

JOE HEMMINGS, Winner of the Year of the Year

Joe Hemmings, the director of Bloggs Salons in Bristol, said he expected & # 39; to be overcome with customers as we re-open & # 39 ;. He told Femail that he plans to put the team on split shifts so they can open for longer days, but with fewer customers at the same time. The salon will be open 12 hours a day, ie instead of a full team working an eight-hour shift, they will be split on earlier and late. De salon sil ôfspraken ek troch 15 minuten weagje, sadat minsken tagelyk net oankomme en sitte yn 'e resepsje of by backwash. Hy foege ta dat se trochgean mei in cashfrij belied, en tafoege: 'Ik tink dat wy hanskes as standert sille sjen, mar ik soe wurde liede troch regearingslieding oer maskers. & # 39;


Gilly Perkins, algemien manager fan The Sunbed Association, fertelde Femail hoe't nettsjinsteande solbruningsalons 'gjin fysyk kontakt tusken personiel en klanten hawwe', se stappen nimme om te soargjen dat sosjale distansjestandards wurde oprjochte. Maatregelen omfetsje flierstickers om in ôfstân fan twa meter te hâlden, skermbeskermers op ûntfangstromte, en ferwiderjen fan unodvendige 'rommel' út 'e salon, lykas ek skjinmeitsjen fan sinnebakken en handoeken yn elke kast. Se foege ta dat se r advisearje silleestraasjes oer it oantal minsken yn 'e salon, persoanlike beskermingsapparatuer foar personiel, hand-sanitizer foar klanten by it yngean en útgean fan' e salon en posters mei ynformaasje foar klanten oer salonprotokollen.

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Bankbehearders seine dat tûzenen arbeiders yn ien gebou 'miskien in ding fan it ferline' binne, om't se in ferskowing sinjalearren yn 'e manier wêrop de banksektor yn' e takomst wurket nei de pandemy fan coronavirus.

Guon banken koene har filialen brûke as alternate sites foar ynvestearringsbankiers en callcenter-arbeiders en arbeiders yn 'e bedriuwsbank, wylst in protte meiwurkers no har wurk kinne dwaan mei technology thús.

Lykas it hâlden fan personiel apart yn kantoargebouwen, binne d'r ek soargen oer hoe't sosjale distânsje kin wurkje yn tûken, en soargje derfoar dat dizze tsjinsten allinich reserveare binne foar minsken dy't se wirklik nedich binne.

It komt ek te middeis fan in debat oer de fraach oft coronavirus it ein sil signalearje foar cash, mei in enkête troch produktûntwerpbedriuw Foolproof hjoed dat 25 persint fan 'e minsken fine sil no cashmasjines minder brûke yn' e takomst.


Barclays-haaddirekteur Jes Staley hat sein dat it firus in bliuwende ynfloed sil hawwe op wêr't it personiel wurket, yn in teken dat de jildsjitter it measte fan syn towering HQ kin opjaan. Sawat 70.000 fan 'e 80.000 meiwurkers wurkje fan hûs mei mar in hantsjefol fan' e 7.000 dy't normaal wurkje yn Canary Wharf, Londen, ynkommend nei it kantoar. Oaren binne yn tûken, wurkje mei maatskiplike distansjemaatregels, wylst in pear yntsjinje om sintra te skiljen. Mr. Staley sei: '7000 minsken yn in gebou pleatse kin in ding fan it ferline wêze. Wy sille manieren fine om mei mear distânsje te wurkjen. & # 39;


HSBC hie 35.000 wurknimmers ûntslein te midden fan 'e pandemy, mar sei dizze wike dat de personielskeuring op wacht set. Chief Executive Noel Quinn sei dat hy it 'wolwêzen fan ús minsken ekstreem serieus nimt' en hat sadwaande de measte ûntsettingen ûnderbrutsen yn ferbân mei feroaringen oankundige yn febrewaris. De bank hopet syn ynvestearringsbank te krimp, wat kin helpe mei sosjale distânsje binnen besteande kantoaren. Op 5 maart stjoerde it 100 meiwurkers thús fan Canary Wharf nei't in meiwurker posityf testte foar it firus – foardat al it personiel op 13 maart nei hûs gie.


The financial services union Accord said Lloyds is now looking at installing social distancing dots outside problem branches to show customers where to queue to get into the site, and reviewing customer data to investigate who is coming into branches and why. They are also hoping to issue colleagues with a 'key worker' lanyard to wear in branch, and look further at how they can minimise exposure for staff. It comes after a survey by trade union BTU found 56 per cent of Lloyds staff not working from home thought their office or branch was not being cleaned properly. Some 60,000 Lloyds staff are thought to be working from home during the pandemic.


The Royal Bank of Scotland has said it has no plans for sweeping redundancies, and is trying to keep costs low while the crisis drags on. Chairman Sir Howard Davies said yesterday: 'At this point we are not envisaging a large redundancy programme.' State-backed RBS held its AGM yesterday as planned in Edinburgh, but had only five employee shareholders there to meet legal requirements. Staff are limiting the number of customers in branches which are still open, although core opening hours have been changed to Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm.


Standard Chartered has warned that it might suggest staff keep working from home even after the coronavirus crisis is over. Chairman José Vinals said the 'experience so far has been rather good', adding that about 70 per cent of its 86,000-strong workforce are now working from home. He also said that staff are 'all going to be a lot more productive as a result of the experiences we have had'. On April 14, Standard Chartered became the first major global bank to tell employees not to use Zoom video chats during the pandemic due to cybersecurity concerns. Staff at the bank who are working from home are said to be mostly using Blue Jeans instead.


Bristol-based financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown said it had 'moved as many people as we can out of the office' with only essential workers left who are applying social distancing across its three sites. The company added that it will move people back into the office when possible on a 'very phased basis', which it expects will take a number of weeks. It has directional signs so people walk only one way and barriers in place to keep people distanced around kitchens, communal areas and meeting rooms. They also expect those employees who are vulnerable or living with vulnerable people will be in lockdown 'longer than anyone else'.

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