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Key workers list: UK workers who can still send children to school

Earlier in the week, Boris Johnson announced that all schools will be shut down from Friday "until further notice" for all children except to those of key workers and vulnerable kids.

The Department for Education published a list of ‘key workers’ whose children will be prioritised for schooling during the nationwide school closures.

The key workers list includes:

1. Health and social care

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Midwives

  • Those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment

2. Education and childcare

  • Nursery

  • Teaching staff

  • Social workers

3. Key public services

  • Those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff and charities

  • Those who are responsible for managing the deceased

  • Journalists providing public service broadcasting

4. Local and national government

  • Administrative occupations

  • Those delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits

5. Food and other necessary goods

  • Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food

6. Public safety and national security

  • Includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff

  • Those responsible for border security, prisons and probation

7. Transport

  • Includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating

8. 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

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