Boris Johnson says employers can't expect parents to go into work if schools are not open

PRIME minister Boris Johnson has said that if employees who can't work from home don't have childcare then they can't be expected to return to work yet.

He made the statement during this evening's press conference when he took questions from journalists and Brits on his roadmap to recovery.

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The PM said that if people don't have childcare then their ability to go back to work before schools open will be affected.

He said: "If people don't have access to childcare and isn't [their child] isn't in school for one reason or another and we can't get them back until June 1, then I think it's fair to regard that as an obvious barrier to their ability to go back to work.

"I'm sure employers will agree with that, so stay home if you can but go to work if you have no alternative."

Last night the PM revealed urged staff in industries that can't work from home, such as cleaners, construction and factory workers, should go back to work now.

Businesses that must remain closed

WHILE the Government is encouraging some to return to work, it says the following businesses and venues are required by law to stay closed to the public:

  • Restaurants and cafes, other than for takeaway
  • Pubs, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs
  • Clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets not selling food
  • Libraries, community centres, and youth centres
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, gyms, arcades and soft play facilities – although outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and bowling greens, will be allowed to reopen from May 13
  • Some communal places within parks, such as playgrounds and outdoor gyms
  • Places of worship (except for funerals)
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use, excluding use by those who live in them permanently, those who are unable to return home and critical workers where they need to for work

Food retailers, food markets, and hardware stores can remain open, while garden centres and certain other retailers can reopen from May 13.

But many workers may not have a choice if they are unable to afford not to work.

The PM also said that workplaces must be Covid-secure as the government earlier layout it plans for helping businesses get back to work.

Food retailers, food markets and hardware stores can remain open, while garden centres can reopen from May 13.

The Government says the only exception where people shouldn't return to work they can't do from home, is for those in the hospitality and non-essential retail sectors, which should remain closed for now.

These companies, including hairdressers, beauty salons, pubs, hotels, restaurants, churches, and cinemas, will not be allowed to reopen until at least July 4.

Different rules are in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Where offices and workplaces reopen, employers will have to follow new 'Covid-secure' guidelines.

The Prime Minister also urged Brits to apply social measures with common sense.

Tomorrow the Chancellor is expected to make a major announcement about the furlough scheme, which currently pays up to 80 per cent of wages until the end of June.

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