9 Key Roles still going into work everyday
It’s been several weeks now since the government began advising people to self-isolate to reduce the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Staying away from elderly people, only venturing out of the house for suppliers and minimal exercise and where possible, working from home.
However, despite the advances in technology, the cloud and video communications, there are still some jobs that it is not possible to do remotely. For these key workers, life goes on as they put on their uniforms and carry on their days to keep the country rolling along. Here are 9 key roles still going into work everyday.
1) Postal service
While collecting and sorting mail can be automated to allow it to travel across the country and indeed the world, it still has to go to another post office depot and needs to be put through the mailbox by a person. Those in the depot need to prepare it and those postal workers on the streets continue to risk contact with morning dog walkers by delivering post every day. Maybe later than usual, but it still needs to be done.
2) Water & road workers
Even though there are still drivers on the roads for various reasons, those people working to repair and build new roads are still working hard to complete projects to their deadlines, which with the reduced number of cars will hopefully speed up completion times.
Meanwhile, with more people in their homes 24/7, water systems need to be free flowing more than ever to keep up with demand. And if a problem does arise, leaving potentially thousands of people at risk, it needs to be fixed there and then making those who work with water pipes very crucial at this time.
3) Prison & firefighters
For those in the prison or fire services, nothing has changed. There are still over 80,000 people in prisons around the UK who need to be housed and monitored. The risks of fires occurring at any time is still real. As a result, these people remain on call to protect and service their communities when needed despite the fear of illness across the country.
4) Bus and train workers
Even though the number of people travelling has diminished, people still need to get around. Therefore, bus and train drivers and workers are still needed to transport people across towns and cities to reach their destinations. Many routes will have reduced the number of vehicles over the last few weeks, but those in the hot seats are still there to get people where they need to be.
5) Call centres
If there is an emergency and you need to call someone, there needs to be someone at the end of the line. Emergency services, financial support, travel sites. At this time of uncertainty, people need to speak to call staff to know what actions to take. And while some staff may be able to set up their phones from home, the majority need to be in one place to relay the necessary information to the public.
6) Food delivery
While all sit down restaurants, pubs and takeaway services have been forced to close for fear of interaction, many delivery chains remain open with minimal staff on site to provide people with an alternative to home cooked food. To eliminate physical contact though, those services have been advised to observe contactless delivery, leaving the goods in a safe location and informing the customer from a safe distance that their food has arrived.
Following the news that the virus was spreading across Europe, many people across the country started panic buying resulting in fights and ugly scenes across many supermarkets. And following the restocking of many essential and non-essential items, limits have been put in place on the number of people allowed in stores at one time. And through all this, shelf stocker and cashiers are putting themselves at high risk by interacting with the public on a daily basis to keep everyone well stocked and safe in these troubling times.
Despite the introduction of the lockdown, there are still people on the streets for what is deemed unnecessary reasons. And much like the prison and fire services, crime does not stop because of a pandemic. Therefore police forces around the country remain on duty to tend to the public’s needs, some being forced into work every day for weeks on end due to the need for visibility and lack of resources.
When all attempts to self isolate and medicate have failed, or when other ailments befall us, when necessary contacting a medical professional or visiting a surgery or hospital is the final step. And here we meet the bravest of them all. Medical staff, low on numbers, resources and time work tirelessly to keep us safe, while being at the highest risk of contracting diseases including COVID-19 themselves. To these and all key workers around the country, we salute you and urge you to stay safe out there.
To learn more about COVID-19 and the UK’s response to the outbreak, the link to the government’s website can be found here.
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