Government advice is that all children should stay at home, if at all possible, from Monday.  But schools have been asked to provide care for some children – those who are vulnerable, and those whose parents are key workers “critical to the Covid-19 response”, who cannot be safely cared for at home.  The list of key workers has been announced as follows:

  • Health and social care: Doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, frontline health staff (including volunteers), and those producing and distributing medicines, supplies and protective equipment
  • Education and childcare: Teaching staff, nursery workers, social workers and those in special education
  • Key public services: Those in the justice system, religious staff, charities, workers delivering frontline services, those responsible for the deceased, journalists in public service broadcasting
  • Local and national government: Those essential to the effective delivery of the response to the pandemic, and benefits services
  • Public safety and national security: Police and support staff, MoD civilians, contractors and armed forces personnel critical to the virus response
  • Transport: Those in air, water, road, rail passenger and freight services and anyone in transport systems through which supply chains pass
  • Food and other necessary goods: Those in production, distribution, sale and delivery of food and other necessary goods
  • Utilities, communications and financial: Staff in banks, building societies and financial markets, as well as those in gas, oil and electricity sectors, those in network operations and call centres, 999 and 111 staff, postal services, delivery and waste disposal sector