Who is on the list of key workers?


Who is on the list of key workers?

Am I a key worker?

Key workers are people whose jobs are vital to public health and safety during the lockdowns. Because their work is so vital, the Government is keen to ensure that they are able to carry out their jobs with as little restriction as possible, which means being able to put their children in school and use necessary transport links.

The list includes:

Health and social care

All NHS staff, including administrative and cleaning workers. Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, plus 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, teachers – including teaching assistants  and social workers.

Food and other necessary goods

Food chain workers, including those involved in production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of goods.

Key public services

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

Local and national government

Local and national government workers in admin roles “essential to the effective delivery” of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Utility workers

Staff needed 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.

Public safety and national security

Police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and workers responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport

Those keeping air, water, road, and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating. 

Read the full list on the Department’s website.

Can children of non-key workers still go to school?

No, they should be at home and observing social distancing. As part of the third lockdown of British life, Boris Johnson announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”.

Vulnerable children, including those with a social worker, and pupils who get special needs support will be able to stay in school. 

Do both parents need to be key workers?

Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required.

Single parents who are key workers will be entitled to a school place.

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