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June 18, 2020

Strip Curtains Direct gives a shout out to key workers

As part of the COVID-19 lockdown of our ‘normal’ lives, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that schools would close, except for the children of “key workers”. He also stated that “people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary.” So, who is classed as a “key worker” and who decides whether your job is necessary or not? 

Well in order to clear up the confusion, the Department of Education decided to release a full list of key worker roles:

Who is classed as a key worker?

Key workers are people who work in jobs that the Government believe are vital to public health and safety during the coronavirus lockdown. The list includes:

  • Health and social care workers. All NHS staff are key workers - including those who work in administration and cleaning. Frontline health and social care staff including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, and any other specialist and support staff. All those working in the NHS supply chain including producers and distributors of medicine and personal protective equipment.
  • Education and childcare. Nursery, teachers - including teaching assistants - and social workers.
  • Food and other necessary goods. Those who work in the food chain including food production, food processing, food distribution, and the sale and delivery of food.
  • Key public services. This includes postal workers, those who work in the justice system, religious staff and journalists providing public service broadcasting
  • Local and national government. Those who are working in admin roles “essential to the effective delivery” of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits
  • Utility workers. People who are needed to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewage operations running. People who work in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sector.
  • Public safety and national security. Police and their support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff, armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, border security, prisons and those in the probation service
  • Those people who are needed to keep air, water, road, rail and freight transport operating.

So, what is the point of this post?

Well, the whole team at Strip Curtains Direct just wanted to say a great big thank you to all of the people listed above. You are all doing an amazing job at keeping the country stocked up with essential supplies during this unprecedented crisis, keeping us safe, and making us all well again.

Every single person in the UK owes you all a big thank you for everything you are doing throughout this time - so we wanted to say if for them. We have all been taking part in the ‘Clap for our Carers’ as a celebration of the hard work done by the NHS, every Thursday night at 8pm – but this has now stopped as lockdown is starting to ease. We will still be cheering the NHS workers and other key workers on throughout the rest of the year though.

Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.