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Parliamentary Scrutiny: Coronavirus

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 34402, tabled on 24 March 2020

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria the Government uses to determine what work is essential during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

21 April 2020

The position as outlined on is that everyone who can work from home should do so.

When that is not possible, people should go into work provided they are not symptomatic, isolating or shielding. Relevant guidance including from Public Health England should be followed.

The Government has placed restrictions on the operations of certain businesses as part of the strategy of enhanced social distancing. Separate guidance has been published on this and is also available on

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Cabinet Office
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