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Britons face 1pm starts and working weekend shifts once lockdown measures lifted   

The measures are part of the Government plans for a ‘new normal’ as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted to help the economy kick back into gear.  Brits could start work at 1pm or go into the office on weekends to avoid a rush-hour crush when lockdown measures are eventually eased.  Downing Street will reportedly ask businesses to introduce staggered start times for their employees to reduce the possible spread of coronavirus.

One option being touted would see the busy morning commute separated into three separate slots, with workers beginning their shifts at 7am, 10am and 1pm.  Bosses could also be asked to introduce weekend working or working alternate days instead of the typical Monday to Friday week.  A Cabinet source said : “We have to get the wheels of the economy turning again soon or there won’t be much left of it.  “But life and work is going to look very different when it happens, whether it’s staggered rush hours or going in every other day.”

The news comes as the UK government said it was planning for “new normal” once stringent lockdown restrictions were finally lifted.  The measures are due to next be reviewed on May 7 and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, in an indication the lockdown will be eased then, said he was preparing to ramp up contact tracing on a “large scale” as a way of keeping the virus under control.