July 31, 2020 / 12:05 PM / 9 days ago

PM Johnson says he will come down hard on workplaces that are not COVID-secure

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to local people at the Canal Side Heritage Centre, after the government announced a new plan to get Britain cycling, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beeston near Nottingham, Britain, July 28, 2020. Rui Vieira/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would come down hard on employers who did not make workplaces COVID-secure, as he allowed employers more discretion on working from home even as he delayed the easing of lockdown for many leisure activities.

“If employers don’t keep their workplaces COVID-secure then that’s a matter that can be enforced in law,” Johnson said at a news conference, asked about people who felt apprehensive returning to the office among higher infection rates.

“We will come down hard on people who are not doing the right thing,” he added.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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