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City Matters 130

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SQUARE MILE GAMING BARS We are all pumped to get back to the pub, but you have to try one of the City’s gaming bars for something a little different this summer Pages 10-11 DUBUFFET RETROSPECTIVE The Barbican’s Jean Dubuffet exhibition is made for the most devout art lovers, but it might not garner such love from a broader audience Page 12 16 Jun - 13 Jul 2021 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS Edition 130 City’s firms told ‘follow the rules’ Corporation lays down marker to employers and says businesses have a leading role to play in stopping virus New London Eats campaign P5 THE City of London Corporation has urged businesses to “follow the rules” after concerns were raised over COVID outbreaks because of poor compliance with social distancing guidelines in the workplace. Chairman of the Community & Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said that whilst everyone in the country is eager to reach Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap – which would end all legal limits on people’s social contact – all steps must be taken to halt the rise in infection rising across the capital. This week Boris Johnson confirmed that most restrictions are to stay in place in England for four weeks longer than the slated ‘unlocking day’ on June 21. Public Health England has confirmed that the Delta variant – first identified in India – is more transmissible than the version that sparked the winter wave, the Alpha variant first seen in Kent. City workers and residents are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when they become eligible. Meanwhile, firms have been reminded that everyone who can work from home should do so, and to ensure workplaces are COVIDsecure, including social distancing, hand washing, high levels of fresh air ventilation and mask wearing in appropriate spaces. People who cannot work from home should follow the COVID-secure guidelines of hands, face, space and fresh air and get tested twice a week. City businesses can collect free rapid home testing kits for their employees from Square Mile testing sites, while employees can collect test kits from community pharmacies as well. Ms Sayed said: “We are calling on all firms to follow the rules after concerns that there have been an increase in outbreaks Guidelines are in place because of poor compliance with guidelines. The UK is now at a crossroads ahead of Step 4. “Businesses have a leading role to play in stopping this virus and it is important that companies, who may see an increase in staff coming back to offices over the coming weeks, stick to the rules to protect their employees and the public.” What’s On in the City P8 Future of the City survey P14

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