Why won't FTSE100 firms get staff back to the office? And meet the Covid Contrarians who won't wear face masks.

The full scale of the battle to save central London’s economy has been laid bare with an Evening Standard survey finding many workers in Britain’s top companies are set to stay away from the office for months. We've spoken to FTSE 100 firms and found a series of the UK’s largest listed businesses have no immediate plans to return many staff to offices. City journalist Simon English says tens of thousands of employees will continue to work remotely, with some not going back at all this year. But how will that affect the city centre's crumbling economy?


Also, they resent wearing masks, think lockdowns are unlawful, and say that safety measures are an attack on their civil liberties.The Covid Contrarians are a wide group of virus refuseniks, who say their numbers are growing as pandemic politics divides the country. Feature writer Katie Strick's taken a deep dive into the community, and tells us what she found. 


 

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