Coronavirus (COVID-19)

View updates on coronavirus and council services. If you are affected and need assistance, please visit Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub.


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Essential services and key workers - Coronavirus

We must discharge our duties as a category 1 responder as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, with emphasis on the wider consequence implications for the council and the Grampian Local Resilience Partnership area as part of any multi-agency response. This is to make sure we continue to deliver essential frontline services to Aberdeenshire residents and communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Scoping and prioritisation of the council, our public sector partners, the private sector and the third sector, in terms of essential services and key workers (category 1 - 3) is necessary:

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Government guidance

View Scottish Government guidance on essential services and key workers including category 1 - 3 definitions:

Public sector key workers

We are liaising with our public sector partners to identify essential services and the key workers who are required to deliver these services. Our public sector partners include:

  • NHS Grampian
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • HM Coastguard
  • Armed Forces

Private and third sector key workers

We have published a list of the private and third sector employers providing essential services (pdf 113KB) (it is also available in Appendix 1 in the guidance and proforma document). This is based on the guidance and regulations from the following:

Please note that the list is not exhaustive and it is subject to change while we continue to liaise and engage with private and third sector employers.

Help us identify essential services key workers

We are seeking assistance from the private and third sectors in registering essential services and identifying key workers as defined by the Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance (category 1 - 3). We will use this information to identify those key workers who may require childcare. This will also assist Police Scotland with their responsibilities.

To help with the provision of information, we are asking employers to consider our guidance note and to identify the essential services they provide and the key workers who are required to deliver the services by completion of the proforma: