HEALTHCARE workers, teaching staff and “key public service” employees are amongst those to feature in the government’s list of critical workers.

The list details those whose children will still be able to attend school after the planned shutdown comes into effect.

Schools across the country will close at the end of Friday, as the government implements measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

However, some schools and childcare providers are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children.

This includes those who are vulnerable and those whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

The government’s list of critical sectors, published today, details those whose children will be “prioritised for education provision”.

The list includes, but is not limited to:

- Frontline health and social care workers

- Teaching and childcare staff

- Key public services workers including those essential to the justice system, religious staff and some broadcasters

- Government staff deemed crucial to delivering the Covid-19 response

- Food production, distribution, sale and delivery workers

- Public safety personnel including police, armed forces, firefighters and more

- Essential air, water, road and rail transport workers

- Utilities, communication and financial services staff

For the full list of critical workers and sectors covered, go to