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You can refuse to go back if you believe that there would be a danger in you going to work – and according to Section 44 of the Employment Act you have the right to question safety arrangements at your place of work without recrimination. However if you were to refuse to return, the conciliation service Acas has explained on its website that you would have to have a valid reason for doing so. They have said that if, for example, you are in a high risk group for coronavirus, and would be unable to follow social distancing at work or while travelling to work (on public transport for example), you need to let your employer know this. If you have another reason, such as caring for children or someone who is shielding and you don’t want to risk catching the virus at work and passing it on to them, you should also raise these concerns with your employer ahead of any planned return. People are being encouraged to walk or cycle to their place of work (Picture: PA) They could potentially discuss steps to protect you such as offering car parking space to prevent you having to use public transport, changing working hours to avoid peak time travel or even keep someone who does not want to return on furlough. If you still don’t want to return you could ask for time off as holiday or unpaid leave – but they don’t have to agree to it. Acas also warns that a person could face disciplinary action if they do not have a valid reason not to return to work – even under the current circumstances.