Nannies and childminders can return to work in relief for parents – but they must follow social distancing rules

NANNIES and childminders can go back to work to allow more parents to return to their jobs as part of the government's plans to reboot the economy.

In a televised speech to the nation, Boris Johnson last night said Brits should be "actively encouraged to go to work" if they can't do their jobs from home to get the economy moving again.

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To free up more parents, the government has now confirmed nannies and childminders can return work.

In its "plan to rebuild", the government says it is "amending its guidance to clarify that paid childcare, for example nannies and childminders, can take place subject to being able to meet the public health principles, because these are roles where working from home is not possible.

"This should enable more working parents to return to work."

In other major changes, take come into force on Wednesday, sunbathing in parks will be allowed and people will be able to meet up with one friend who is not from their household — as long as they stay two metres apart.

We will be allowed to travel to "outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance" so long as it's in England, and plays sports such as golf and tennis within household groups only.

Step 2 could see primary pupils in a staged return from June 1.

More non-essential shops such as dry cleaners and takeaways might also be able to reopen.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes with outdoor space could reopen from July 4 "at the earliest" under Step 3 — if they meet strict conditions and social distancing.

It's also hoped cinemas, hairdressers and beauty salons will open at this point.

Secondary schools will stay out until September at the earliest.

Work places will be told to change shift patterns and rotas to keep "smaller, contained teams" and people will be encouraged to wear masks indoors in crowded areas.

Events with large crowds such as sports, concerts and festivals are not included in the three steps.

They may not return until after autumn — or until a vaccine is found, which the government warns might "never" be developed.

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