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Proposals spell out return to a changed office

The Government is poised to spell out on Sunday how lockdown restrictions could be eased.

And the office is set to look a bit different when people return after working from home.

Business groups and trade unions have been sent draft guidelines on how to protect workers if physical distancing rules cannot be followed. with physical shields separating desks, personal protective equipment and limits on time close to each other among them.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said some form of social distancing would remain in place until a vaccine is developed, but confirmed the Government would seek to restore people's lives to "as close to normal as possible".

According to the BBC, other workplace measures include a reduction in hot desking, staggered shift times and a continued reliance on home working.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the staggered work times could help alleviate rush hours and suggested the introduction of one-way systems for commuters.

He also said the Government would look at encouraging workers to cycle or walk to work.

Rail unions have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressing their worries over plans to increase train services due to the difficulties that would mean in imposing social distancing.

The Government is scheduled to announce an update on the lockdown restrictions when the current three-week period ends on Thursday.

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