Who are key workers? Full list of those who can work during coronavirus lockdown

During last night’s speech, Prime Minster Boris Johnson made it crystal clear Brits should stay at home.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the UK into a lockdown situation, where schools, pubs and restaurants have closed.

Mr Johnson said one of the reasons you could leave your home was “travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home”.

But many are still confused about which workers are allowed to travel to work.

The government has clarified that only people on the announced list of “key workers” could go to work.

The list of “key workers” was drawn up in order to identify those parents whose children would be allowed to be taught at school.

Here is a full list of those who can go to work during the UK coronavirus lockdown.

• Health and social care

Includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff.

This includes 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.

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• Education and childcare

This includes 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

Key public services includes 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.

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• Local and national government

Only those who work in 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 are counted as key workers.

• Food and other necessary goods

Whose who are 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) are counted as key workers.

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• Public safety and national security

This includes 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

According to the government, this includes 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

The government states: “This includes 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 you’re unsure whether you count as a “key worker” you should contact your line manager, or the HR department at your place of work.

Even if you are a key worker, you should work from home if it is possible to do so.

You should only travel to work if it is your only option.

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