Frontline transport and roads staff have been designated 'key workers' by the Government and so can take their children to school after the gates close from 20 March to most of the country.
In the official list, now released by the Cabinet Office and The Department for Education, it states key workers include:
'Those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.'
Those involved in the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors, including sewerage, are also classified as key workers.
The Government was working with industry bodies to draw up the list. The Civil Engineering Contractors Association was briefed that only roles required to keep these essential services running will be deemed key workers, not general employees in these sectors.
While Highways England said it would carry on working on projects as close to 'business as usual as possible' decisions in the local sector are up to individual local authorities.
A senior Department for Transport source advised that it is important local highway authorities continue to collaborate with their contractors and the supply chain in order to maintain business as usual operations as much as possible.
Fill list of Key workers below
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to:
- social workers,
- care workers and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers;
- the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK's health and social care sector;
- those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff,
- social workers
- and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
- those essential to the running of 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
This only includes those 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 arm's length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, 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.
- those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for 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.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
If your school is closed, then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.