People in England who cannot work from home are being encouraged to return to their workplaces, as the government begins to ease some lockdown measures.

Grant Shapps, the government’s Transport Secretary urged people to avoid public transport if possible to enable social distancing.

He said: “This is a life and death situation”.

Under the new rules, people can also spend more time outside, meet a friend at the park and move home, while garden centres have now been able to reopen.

Business groups have however, called for clarity on what will be needed to change in the workplace as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his “conditional plan” to reopen society.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) said; “Businesses need their practical questions to be answered so that they can then plan to restart, rebuild and renew”.

Mr Johnson said that those who could not work from home should be “actively encouraged to go to work” in England.

But he told people to avoid using public transport where possible.

Adam Marshall, director of the BCC, said: “Businesses will need to see detailed plans for the phased easing of restrictions, coordinated with all nations across the UK and supported by clear guidance.

“It is imperative that companies have detailed advice on what will need to change in the workplace, including clarity on the use of personal protective equipment”.