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Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker?

The Department of Education has published a full list of roles that the Government considers to be “key”.

So here’s what we know so far.

Who are key workers?

Key workers are people whose jobs are vital to public health and safety during the coronavirus lockdown. 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. This includes being able to put their children in school and use necessary transport links.

The list includes:

Health and social care

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