“We need to fuel the engines of the economy”: Michael Gove urges the British to return to their offices if they can miss the fear of job blood in the high street – as ministers prepare to withdraw advice against the use of public transport
- Michael Gove insisted that people should go back to their office now if they can
- The minister said it is important to “light the engines” of the economy
- Ministers are preparing to lift the advice against commuters using public transport
Michael Gove begged the British today to go back to their office, fearing an imminent massacre on the high street.
The minister stressed that it is crucial to ‘restart the economic engines’ when the country comes out of the lockout.
The call came as the government prepares to ease restrictions on public transport to encourage the public out of their homes.
It is feared that the collapse of the ‘lunch economy’ could hit the high street’s fortunes yet another huge blow, with warnings that 250,000 jobs could be at stake
Following a recurring cry from Boris Johnson on Friday, Mr. Gove told Sky News today: “We want to see more people back to work in the office workplace where they can be.
Michael Gove told Sky News it is crucial to ‘restart the economic engines’ as the country comes out of the lockdown
Current lockdown guidelines require people in the UK to avoid public transport wherever possible, resulting in empty carriages
“In some cases, of course, it is appropriate and easy to work from home, but we want to ensure that where people can add value, where the economy can take advantage of people who are working, that they are working.
“We want to get this country’s economic engines going again, which is why the chancellor made the series of announcements he made earlier this week to ensure that we are able to provide people with safety and security at work, to protect their jobs and guarantee jobs in the future. ‘
Mr Gove said the pandemic had shown that some roles can be effectively fulfilled from home – and confirmed that civilian jobs could be moved outside of London.
At the height of the crisis, the government told the public to work from home if they could.
But Mr. Johnson dramatically reversed that advice on Friday, saying it was time people started working if they could.
The Ministry of Transport is believed to be in talks with train and bus companies about how larger numbers of commuters can travel safely.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) made a ‘go back and work if you can’ call on Friday to boost the economy
The UK government plans to reduce restrictions on public transport, such as buses, to encourage more people to return to work
Current UK lockdown regulations require the public to avoid public transport, with social distance rules meaning they have been able to handle a fraction of the usual capacity.
A Whitehall source told the Sunday Telegraph: “It costs a lot of money to run all these train services with so few people.
Several departments are looking for ways to mitigate the message of avoiding public transport. The best way to do this, and when, is currently under discussion. ‘