(Source: The Guardian)
Boris Johnson’s plea that people “should be going back to work” in offices across England from Monday appeared to have fallen largely on deaf ears in central Birmingham.
In the Colmore business district, which normally has 35,000 workers, most office blocks were largely deserted and at the city’s train stations at rush hour only a handful of people sauntered out, mostly heading to work in shops or hospitals rather than to office-based jobs.
Among the roughly two dozen people the Guardian spoke to on Monday morning, only two were on the way back to office work for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.
Radha Heera said she was “excited but very nervous” about heading back to her desk at West Midlands police headquarters after almost five months at home. It was not only her first day back at work but the first time she had left her house in Wolverhampton because she had been shielding for medical reasons.
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