Waste disposal included on 'key workers' list

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Waste disposal included on Government's 'key workers' list

People working in the waste disposal sector have been included in the Government's 'key workers' list, as the UK continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, March 20, marks the last day at school for most children across the UK until further notice, in response to the spread of Coronavirus.

The Government has published a list of workers whose children can still go to school if they cannot be looked after at home.

These workers' jobs are considered critical for the response to the pandemic.

The list has been split up into eight categories, with waste disposal workers included in the utilities, communication and financial services section.

However, the Government has stressed that if children can be kept at home then they should be, regardless of their parents' work, in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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The Department for Education statement says: "If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

"That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

"This includes for 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 workers think they fall within the critical categories above 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.

"We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease."

If a child needs specialist support then they will continue to receive educational provision, the statement read.

The Government has again appealed for parents to not rely on childcare provided by elderly relatives or family members with underlying health conditions.

Who are 'key workers'?

  • Frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses
  • Some teachers and social workers
  • Workers in key public services including those essential to the justice system, religious staff and journalists
  • Local and national government workers deemed crucial to delivering essential public services
  • Workers involved in food production processing, distribution, sale and delivery
  • Public safety workers including police, armed forces personnel, firefighters, and prison staff
  • Essential air, water, road and rail transport workers
  • Utilities, communication and financial services staff, including postal workers, and waste disposal workers

For full details on the key workers list, click here.