THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed that people who work in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food are considered ‘key workers’.

It will alleviate concerns over childcare for farmers and those working further along the food chain.

Earlier this week the government announced the closure of schools to help prevent the spread of covid-19 coronavirus.

But if a family has at least one parent working in one of the sectors outlined by the government as being critical to the response to the pandemic, they will be able to send their children to school.

‘Acute concern’

The British Free Range Egg Producers’ chief executive Robert Gooch welcomed the move to include food production.

He said: “Free-range egg producers and their staff are essential to the food production supply chain and it is right for government to class them as essential workers, making it easier for them to arrange childcare through schools.

“This issue was causing acute concern for our members. It is our hope that today’s announcement should help producers to better manage their staff during this difficult period.”