On Monday 23rd March, the Prime Minister announced further instructions to the British public to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), Ian Todd, clarified the Critical Worker position with regards to security personnel (below):
I am able to confirm that the
current definition of critical worker DOES include regulated (licence holding)
security professionals, essential to national infrastructure…
This definition covers, amongst
other areas, security provision in hospitals; schools; social care; courts;
government estate; supermarkets and the food supply chain; the transport
network; national infrastructure and utilities. If you are providing essential
security to a service which itself remains critical and functioning, which
attracts critical worker status, then you are likely to be covered. If in
doubt, check with whoever contracts for your services.
Roles essential to supporting law
and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the
critical worker definition. This would include, amongst other areas, the
guarding of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises; the
monitoring of similar through CCTV or other remote means; and the provision of
alarm response centres including mobile units.
Ian Todd - Chief Executive
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