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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for businesses

Summary of information available on support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for businesses
Key worker and critical childcare guidance

Key worker and critical childcare guidance

View the Scottish Government’s guidance on key workers and critical childcare.

The three categories we provided are based on the need to ensure our key workers have access to critical childcare and are able to deliver essential public services and maintain critical public infrastructure.

Decision making on key worker status and access to critical childcare must be based on the guidance we issued.  It will be led by local authorities, to allow for locally specific variations.

While decisions will be taken at the local level, we would expect this to include consideration of:

  • health and care workers
  • critical infrastructure workers
  • staff providing childcare for other key workers
  • fire, police and prison workers  
  • other workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland

This list is not exhaustive and the categories can be found on our webpage. We cannot and will not designate whole workforces or entire groups of staff key worker status.

Employers have a responsibility to prioritise their work, change shift patterns, support working from home and drop non-essential work. Organisations must ruthlessly prioritise staff who are providing absolutely essential services. Critical childcare for key workers should only be used as a last resort.