I’m bored and broke and want to work but the government is saying it isn’t safe to go out. When will I be able to get a job?

Actually, the government says going out to work is allowed. Provided we are not from an ‘at risk’ group, (with under-lying health conditions), working for an employer that is allowed to stay open is fine.

It should be safe because employers will ensure social distancing and good hygiene procedures are in place. In fact, farmers, supermarkets, warehouses and distribution firms are desperate for staff right now. We can even work for them if we’ve been furloughed on a job retention scheme with our normal employer.

For people wanting exercise and fresh air, fruit and veg picking could be a godsend. For drivers who are sick of being couped up at home, deliveries could be the release they’ve been praying for. It’s not always easy living on top of each other at home, so work could be good for body and mind right now. And it will keep the shelves stocked and our neighbours fed too.