Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has stated that a full return to offices may not be possible until spring.
At a government press conference earlier today, Varadkar confirmed that public health advice for people to work from home where possible will remain in place beyond October 22nd.
Varadkar added that the government will meet with trade unions and employers today to update the back-to-work guidance contained in the Work Safely Protocol.
The Tánaiste said that while it’s possible for employers to bring workers back to the office on a staggered basis, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) believes that anyone who can work from home, should.
“Essentially, what we’re saying is that a staggered return to workplaces and the office is possible. So people can go back to the office for a specific business purpose – a meeting or training, for example.”
He added that a full return to the office as we knew it will not happen until spring.
The head of communications at the union Fórsa ‘Bernard Harbor’ welcomed the announcement while stating, “Remote working is working for most staff and employers, so there was no objective reason to accelerate the return to workplaces at a time when all the main Covid indicators are pointing the wrong way.”
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