Friday 17 July 2020
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s statement on updated guidance for public transport and working from home, Richard Burge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“London will welcome the improved clarity in the Prime Minister’s statement. It is now essential that clarity and the change in tone towards what we can do (rather than what we cannot) is reflected in the decisions of the Mayor of London and the individual Boroughs.
“Employers should only be reopening offices once they have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment, including consultation with their staff. Commuting remains the biggest barrier for many employees returning to the office, and it’s imperative that businesses continue to play their part in mitigating London’s public transport dilemma during the pandemic.
“So many firms have shown their willingness and ability to respond to this crisis, and this cannot end now, as Covid-19 has not gone away. Whether it’s flexible shifts, staff rotation, a mix of home working and central office, or exploring co-working spaces in outer boroughs – London needs its businesses to be as creative as they can be at this time. And in turn, businesses and commuters need TfL to look at flexible season ticket options.”