24 Feb 2024

Garage staff likely “key workers” – Children can attend school

 Garage staff are  likely to qualify as key workers whose children are still able to attend school from Monday (23 March), following the general closure of schools across the UK.

The government published the list of key workers today (Friday 20 March), which covers those in professions deemed vital to keeping the country moving, literally and figuratively, during the Coronavirus crisis.

Those applicable whose children cannot be looked after at home will be able to attend school still.

The list, divided into eight categories covering frontline health workers and social care staff, nursery and teaching staff as well as those involved in food production and delivery. It also includes police, public service workers and critical staff in financial services and utilities, and transport workers, which government says includes those who keep the road transport modes operating.

Government advice said: “If workers think they fall within the critical categories, 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.”