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A draft government roadmap to reopening the country after the lockdown has indicated some of the measures that workplaces could be required to introduce, including limiting hotdesking and introducing protective screens.

The UK has been on lockdown since the 23rd March as the government initiated stringent rules designed to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Since that point, many retailers and suppliers across the sector have significantly reduced the number of staff working in the same space, with some closing stores and offices as demand dropped significantly.

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Now thoughts are turning to life after lockdown and prime minister Boris Johnson is set to address the nation to review the lockdown and provide his roadmap to reopening this Sunday.

Ahead of the review, a government draft plan outlining some of the potential measures that could be required for companies to start working again has been reported by the BBC.

According to the BBC, reducing hot-desking, limiting the number of people using equipment, staggering shift times and maximising for home-working are amongst some of the suggestions to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

For work environments where people are unable to social distance, the draft document says that more hygiene procedures, physical screens and personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, reports the BBC.

It comes as the government recently temporarily removed VAT from PPE, along with a change in tone regarding the use of masks by the prime minister last week.

In the section marked PPE in the document, however, the BBC describes that it simply says that more detail will follow.

Even if new measures are introduced, cabinet minister Michael Gove highlighted on Sunday that Britons would have to become used to the new norm of social distancing until a vaccine becomes available and that any easement of lockdown would be phased.

“Ultimately, unless and until we have a new vaccine, I suspect we are going to have to live with some degree of constraint because of the nature of the virus,” he commented.

THIIS spoke with leading mobility retailers across the country in April to discover what impact the lockdown measures have had on their businesses and how they adapted to the extraordinary and everchanging situation.

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