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City of London Looks to Paris for Tips on Virus Office Working

  • Fresh push to get workers back to London as soon as possible
  • Catherine McGuinness calls for ‘close analysis’ of evidence
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The U.K. should learn from other European nations where more people have returned to their offices during the pandemic, a senior figure in the City of London financial district said.

Catherine McGuinness, policy chair for the City‘s Corporation, urged the government to scrutinize the evidence so more workers can get back.

She pointed to Paris, where she said there has been “a higher return to the office for some time,” yet there had been no “direct link between working in a Covid-secure office and a spike in the virus.”

“That’s the sort of evidence I’d really like people to keep under close review so we can bring people back in when it’s safe to do so,” McGuinness said in an interview on Friday.

London will face tougher Covid-19 restrictions from Saturday as it’s moved into the “high” alert level, which means a ban on people mixing indoors including in restaurants and pubs.

All U.K. office workers are currently advised by the government to work from home this winter if they can “effectively” do so. McGuinness said she’s pleased this wasn’t “tightened” in London under the new restrictions.