Boris Johnson is expected to unveil plans later this week to get Britain back to work in a bid to boost struggling businesses, as a £4 billion cut in VAT for the leisure and hospitality industry comes into force.
The Prime Minister’s road map, reportedly set to be revealed on Friday, will outline how workers can safely return over the next nine months. But Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning quashed reports that face masks may become compulsory in all public places , insisting the Government will not recommend they be mandatory in offices.
Earlier this week, Mr Johnson said people “should start to think about getting back to work” if their employers have made their workplaces safe against coronavirus.
In another bid to kickstart the road to recovery, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his mini-Budget last week that VAT on food, accommodation and attractions will be cut from 20 per cent to 5 per cent from Wednesday until January 12. Wetherspoon, McDonald’s and Starbucks are among the firms to promise price reductions.