England unlocked: employers need clarity before government lifts covid restrictions
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People wearing face masks on Oxford Street, London
John van der Luit-Drummond is editor-in-chief of International Employment Lawyer

The UK government has announced the easing of lockdown restrictions in England from 19 July, controversially bringing an end to mandatory face masks, social distancing, and a requirement to work from home where possible.

The move to return workers to the office comes despite a rising tide of new covid-19 infections – linked to the new Delta variant of the disease – across the UK. Data shows a further 27,334 covid cases on Monday, with nine deaths within 28 days of a positive test.


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