Boris Johnson says working at home will over ‘in a few short months’

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Boris Johnson says workers will return to the office "in a few short months" after a year of home working.

The Prime Minister rejected the idea that working from home was here to stay and that once coronavirus measures are gone for good, the rush hour commute will be back.

Meetings over Zoom and Teams are not here to stay, he insisted in an online rail industry conference, the Daily Mail reports.

Speaking via video link, he said: "I know that some people may imagine that all conferences are going be like this, held over Zoom, Teams or what have you and we've got to prepare for a new age in which people don't move around, do things remotely, they don't commute any more.

"I don't believe it. Not for a moment. In a few short months, if all goes to plan, we in the UK are going to be reopening our economy.

"And then believe me the British people will be consumed once again with their desire for the genuine face-to-face meeting that makes all the difference to the deal or whatever it is.

"Never mind seeing our loved ones, going on holiday or whatever."

In another conference, David Solomon, the top chief at investment bank Goldman Sachs explained he felt the current situation is an "aberration" and employees need to be in the same physical space to work best together once lockdown ends.

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In a virtual meeting held by Credit Suisse, Soloman said: "That's a temporary thing. I do think that for a business like ours, which is an innovative, collaborative apprenticeship culture, this is not ideal for us."

He added that it would never become the "new normal".

Michael Gove is reviewing the introduction of vaccine passports, as big businesses consider using to gradually bring staff back to work.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed at an event with the Institute for Government, that without a domestic vaccine passport he struggles to see people having the "confidence" to return to life as it was.

It has been suggested that businesses could check Covid-19 test results on the NHS app to show whether an individual has had a jab or tested negative.

Supporters of the idea argue it could help the likes of theatres, cinemas, sporting venues and workplaces get back towards normality more quickly.

As part of plans to lift lockdown, sports fans could be back in stadiums within weeks to test how coronavirus spreads in crowds, once people have been vaccinated or tested.

But the Government has said no decisions have yet been made.

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