Allen & Overy has joined several law firms in tweaking policies to support staff balancing work and childcare commitments or other caring responsibilities, in light of the U.K. plunging into a third national lockdown this week.

On Monday, the U.K. government announced a national lockdown following a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections. As part of the measures, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges are closed, and expected to continue with remote working until at least the February half-term break.