Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland 'must work from home as much as possible'
Nicola Sturgeon issued a reminder to all Scottish businesses that it is a legal requirement to work from home if possible during her latest coronavirus press briefing. The comments however sparked the fury of some local workers who took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the SNP leader’s warning.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The final point I want to make today is to emphasize the importance of everyone working from home as much and as far as they can.
“Working from home if it is possible to do so is a legal requirement.
“Many businesses have already shown great flexibility in allowing people to work from home and I am grateful to them for that.
“I want to stress again the need for all companies to do so as much as they can.
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“All employers should be reviewing their operations to allow as many people to work from home as possible, in particular people should only be coming in to work if it is work that cannot possibly be done from home and is genuinely essential.
“That applies to takeaway businesses and to non-essential shops that are providing click and collect services.
“The bottom line here and I need to be really blunt about this, is that for this lockdown to be as effective as we really need it to be, we must radically reduce the number of interactions we are having.”
However, some viewers took to social media to discuss the implications for the construction sector.
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One Twitter user said: “The whole country on lockdown, like it was before in March however construction is as normal.
“The virus will spread among construction workers who are in canteens, yards, the lot together with no social distancing and too many bodies.”
He added: “We are forced to stay open risking our health.
“@NicolaSturgeon TAKE NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.”
Another tweeted: “Cmon @NicolaSturgeon & @scotgov close all of these non-essential manufacturing and construction businesses.
“Having that many people in workplaces at the absolute height of the pandemic is ludicrous.”
A third wrote: “Helpful when only one of us is a key worker and the other has to go to work as manufacturing is still open.”
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