Scotland eases telecommuting as COVID-19 cases decrease

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to decline, Scotland’s telecommuting will be abolished next week and hybrid work will be favored, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced.

Current guidance on working from home has been enhanced after the advent of the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

In the UK, the Conservative government has already lifted work from home coaching on January 19.

Mr. Sturgeon said he was able to update the guidance as a result of a “significantly improved situation” in a speech at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on January 25.

She states: “Instead of recommending working from home whenever practical, new guidance will pave the way for a gradual return to the office.”

Under the new guidance, which will come into effect on January 31, employers should consider implementing a hybrid work in which workers “spend some time at home in the office,” the first minister said.

But she added that the “mass return” is “likely to slow progress” and that this change is not expected to cause a “wholesale return next week.”

The business group welcomed this decision. The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) said the move would boost businesses in city and town centers that were “particularly hit by the outflow of office workers, civil servants, students and tourists during the pandemic.”

The Scottish Chapter of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said: “

However, some other measures brought about to delay the spread of Omicron remain intact, such as the need for junior high school staff and students to cover their faces.

Scottish Conservative Prime Minister Douglas Ross, who has repeatedly called for easing of the rules, once again called on the first minister to change the guidance on school masks.

“Currently, adults can sit in the workplace or in a pub without a face mask, but students in the classroom must wear a face mask,” he said.

Mr. Sturgeon said the government did not recommend changes “at this stage” but “under close and regular reviews.”

Daniel Wyatt, president of the Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow, described the level of school restrictions as “a farce.”

“The nightclub is open and 50,000 people can go to the sport, but there are still restrictions on students. The impact on student development and mental health can be devastating. “He said after the Prime Minister’s statement.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan