The "official" word on my employer's "operational response" is that we work in an industry that must going, keep servicing the public and it's clients. We must remain "fully operational".

Rather than any overarching guidance each area leader has developed a plan and will communicate said plan for their area of responsibility which will vary based on the specific requirements. Some will be able to work remotely, others not. We should all receive word of those plans by tomorrow afternoon.

Why the wait?

In any event, it looks as though I won't be working from home as things stand. New guidance from government may change that but at the moment I will still be coming to work, following the same shift patterns and getting on the same trains. It will be interesting to see how many others do likewise.

Various steps are being taken to reduce footfall on the floor I work on, to reduce the risk of the C Suite execs being exposed but if I still have to travel into and across London every day it all seems a bit moot.

  1. There are certain functions in specific industries (banking, public utilities, etc.) that are considered critical utilities. In those industries, government requirements force their technology to be never connected to the Internet for cyber-security reasons, which means that many of the employees supporting and running those systems can never work remotely. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemically_important_financial_market_utility

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