A list of “key workers” has been released following closure of schools from today.
Frontline health and social care staff, people involved in food production and delivery, and utility workers are among those deemed “essential” to the coronavirus crisis.
Workers included on the list can continue to take their child or children to school, despite education centres being closed to the rest of the population from this afternoon.
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Here is the list of workers whose children will be prioritised for schooling during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Health and social care
This includes frontline health and social care staff – such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition, those working in supply chains, including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment are included.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery, teaching staff and social workers, as the department said these workers are required to deliver their plans.
Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased. Journalists providing public service broadcasting are also on the list.
Local and national government
The list “only includes administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services”, including payment of benefits.
Food and other necessary goods
The list includes those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.
Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel are on the list, along with fire and rescue staff, as well as those responsible for border security, prison and probation staff.
The list includes those who will keep “air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response”.
Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running are on the list, along with those in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and working to provide essential financial services provision are also included.