The working from home guidance which was put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been updated.
The decision follows an assessment by the Executive COVID-19 Taskforce.
It balances health, economic and social considerations and takes on board the latest medical and scientific advice. All remaining Ministers have signalled they are content with the change.
A spokesperson for the Executive Office said: “While the threat from COVID-19 has certainly not disappeared, it has receded. The guidance ‘work from home where possible’ position is therefore not proportionate at this point.
“As with the removal of other COVID-19 measures, this should not be interpreted as meaning there is no risk from COVID or that the pandemic is over. While life continues to get back to normal, we must remain careful.
“Employers may still wish to consider how remote or flexible working could be used effectively to meet organisational need, for instance through adopting a hybrid working approach.
“Where staff are attending or returning to workplaces, employers should carefully consider what practical mitigations might be put in place.
“This update reflects the evolution of our response to the pandemic. Our vaccination programme and the use of innovative COVID-19 treatments means the risk of serious illness has been significantly reduced. By taking sensible precautions in our everyday lives, we can continue on the route back to normality.”
Further information is available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/covid-19-safe-at-work