Scots should be prepared to work from home for some time to come, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister said keeping non-essential offices closed is a “trade off” which helps allow children to attend school.
No date has been given for the reopening of non-essential offices and call centres in Scotland, and in her latest coronavirus lockdown review Ms Sturgeon stressed working from home should remain the “default” for those able to do so.
The position will be reviewed again on October 1, but Ms Sturgeon was asked during her coronavirus briefing on Friday whether people should be prepared to continue to work from home until into next year.
She said: “Working from home remains the default position and I think we have to be prepared for that being for some time.
“It comes down to these trade-offs, there is only so much interaction with each other we can absorb without allowing the virus to run out of control, even with Test and Protect and the app.
“It’s about how do we allow the things that really matter, like kids in school, to go ahead without overwhelming ourselves to the point where we have to go back to everything being closed down.”
She accepted the situation is “really difficult” for companies, but said business leaders “understand the reasons why we are where we are”.
Interim deputy chief medical officer Dr Nicola Steedman said while people should be working from home for the “near future”, she stressed it is a “constantly changing situation”.
She told the briefing: “Pandemics don’t last forever, humans adapt to new organisms and the organisms themselves adapt and the way they cause disease often changes as they go through the human population, and vaccines and treatments do come along.
“There is still a lot of hope and still a lot of uncertainty going forward.
“As soon as we can get people back into a workplace, believe me we will.”
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