When do the UK’s work from home rules change?

We’ve all been living with some sort of pandemic-induced restrictions for the best part of two years now. One of the positives¬† to come out of it all (depending upon your situation and conditions) was how work from home culture was quickly adopted.

Many businesses now offer work from home – or at least hybrid working – as standard. But the guidance on whether we all need to work from home or get back to the office is about to change. Here’s all you need to know.

When does work from home guidance change in England?

The official guidance to work remotely – which has been in place since December 8, 2021 – has also been scrapped, which means employers can now insist staff return to the workplace.

The government’s ‘Plan B’ restrictions for England have now come to and end, which means things have pretty much returned to normal.

From today (January 27) there’ll be no need to produce a Covid pass before entering any large venues and mask-wearing will be down to your own discretion.

When does work from home guidance change in Scotland?

The guidance for all non-essential staff to work from home will be lifted on January 31. This means most office workers will be allowed to return to their desks from Monday.

The rules on wearing face masks are still in place in Scotland, but social distancing rules will be relaxed from tomorrow (January 28) so that people must now stand just one metre apart instead of two. School pupils must still wear face coverings in class.

When does work from home guidance change in Wales?

Working from home will no longer be a legal requirement in Wales from tomorrow (January 28). Although it will still be an important recommendation, there’ll no longer be fines for people who go to work instead of doing their job remotely.

Crowds have been able to return to large sporting events since January 21, while nightclubs will also reopen tomorrow (January 28), when the rule of six and table service in hospitality will also be scrapped.

When does work from home guidance change in Northern Ireland?

As things stand, working from home is still a recommendation in Northern Ireland as ministers still agree that that more people working remotely will help to reduce the risk of infection both inside and outside the workplace.

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