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Do I have to go back to work after lockdown?

The government has started easing lockdown restrictions, with more people now encouraged to start returning to work.
But for many, concerns remain about the risk of contracting the coronavirus once back in the workplace.
Can you be forced back to work and what are your rights if you are?

What has the government said?

On Sunday evening in a pre-recorded address, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that those who could not work from home should be "actively encouraged to go to work" in England.
Mr Johnson singled out people in construction and manufacturing as those who could not work from home, who should return to building sites and factories.
But he told people to avoid using public transport where possible.
The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are sticking with the government's former mantra of: "Stay at home" and not encouraging a return to work.
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