Following the announcement on 18 March that all schools (including private schools and nurseries) would close on 20 March until further notice, it was stated that children of key workers and vulnerable children would be able to continue to attend school so our key workers are available to help fight this challenge.
This applies to the following professions:
Health and social care: doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, frontline health and social care staff including volunteers, specialist staff in health and social care, health and social care supply chains, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare: childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers, specialist education professionals
Key public services: workers running the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are 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, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods: food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery workers, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security: police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
Transport: air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operators during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services: essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.