Several friends have contacted me to say they have been told they are expected into work soon. Most want to go back, because they need the money, but they are not all key workers. If they don’t go back they may not have a job. What happens to their children? On the other side of the story, how will Primary schools cope with increased numbers of children and social distancing, especially if some staff are self isolating for their own or their partner’s health?
I suppose that if both parents live together and are off work, at least one of them can return. I'm worried about public transport, though. I can't see many people wanting to squeeze into the tubes for London any time soon.
Why have they contacted you? Are you a child care provider? If so, I imagine guidance will be given soon.
As others say, this is all new territory, so everyone is feeling their way. If a non-key-worker job can be done from home then I would ask the employer to do a risk assessment before returning to work. One person could return to work, or maybe each could go work on alternative days/weeks.
Schools are being given advice as to how to manage the environment to make it safe for everyone. It could include only half the children going in, for half the time, meaning more space can be given to them. I’m not sure teachers would be any more or less likely to need to self-isolate than any other section of working age society.
My guess is that most primary school children will not be returning to school until September at the earliest. The talk is of allowing Year 6 to return first. Schools have been promised that they will be given at least two weeks notice before any return.