Sadiq Khan has announced a phased return to the office for City Hall staff from July 30th, although the building will remain closed to the public.
The Mayor, Assembly Members and staff have been working from home for the past 18 weeks due to the Covid lockdown.
However City Hall is now set to be declared “Covid-secure”, allowing around 200 staff to return while still observing social distancing. Occupied desks will be two metres apart, one way systems are being put in place, and an enhanced cleaning and hygiene regime has been introduced.
Priority will be given to staff who are struggling to work from home, either due to a lack of space or because they’re feeling lonely or isolated.
Mr Khan said: “Like so many businesses and organisations, the Coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way that the Greater London Authority works.
“For four months, our staff have worked tirelessly from their homes to keep the city running, many with difficult domestic circumstances.
“We are nowhere near able to allow everyone back into City Hall and home working is going to continue for the majority of staff, but a number of GLA staff and officials, particularly those struggling with home arrangements, will now be able to return to City Hall in a safe and Covid-secure manner.
“We will do all we can to encourage staff to walk or cycle where possible and if they need to use public transport, to travel at off-peak times and wear a face covering.”