Boris Johnson has ordered civil servants to return to desks and lead by example after thousands stayed away despite a change in the rules.
And ministers last night urged the rest of the country to head back to the workplace the “sooner the better” in order to return to normal.
A No 10 spokesman said: “That’s what the Prime Minister continues to want to see. We are working to ensure people across the civil service can start to return, if they are not already in the office.”
The order was issued after Whitehall remained deserted despite working from home guidance being lifted.
Cabinet Office Minister Steve Barclay is leading the charge to get civil servants back into offices.
He said: “We need to move away from a reliance on video meetings and get back to the benefits of face-to-face, collaborative, working.
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