Government releases key worker list who can still send children to school

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The Government has published a list of “key workers” whose children will still be able to go to school after today.

Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday.

It is still not clear if one or both parents need to be key workers for their children to be able to attend school.

Health and social care

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 it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

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

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, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.


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. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

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  1. With such an extensive list why didnt the prats just leave the darn schools open – save all the hardship for people. kids arent at risk anyway and as long as parents are sensible and not visit elderly relatives when feeling ill and keep kids off when any sign of poorliness, it would have been fine.

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