British Property Federation response to Government back-to-work guidance

The Government published its back-to-work papers today – guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find the guidance in full here:

Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation comments: “The Government’s back-to-work papers are a first step in the right direction, to get the UK economy back onto its feet and to ensure this is undertaken safely. As property owners and managers, we have a critical role to play and we will work with our tenants in offices, warehouses and shops to support them in applying this guidance. Businesses will however need time to prepare for these new ways of working, and so dialogue between the Government, employers, employees, property owners and managers is going to be critical in the weeks ahead.

“Property owners and managers are often also responsible for the public spaces around buildings, and further guidance will be required on how to manage risk and enforce measures in this sort of environment where tenants, workers, shoppers and the general public mix.”