a skeleton crew/staff/service

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skeleton crew

The bare minimum amount of employees necessary to keep an office, business, service, etc., running at a basic level. We can't have a restaurant that is completely closed during the slow season, so we keep a skeleton crew on board to serve the few customers who decide to come in. The rigs will have a skeleton crew keeping them running until the company finishes handing over its business to the new owners.
See also: crew, skeleton

a skeleton ˈcrew/ˈstaff/ˈservice

the minimum number of staff necessary to run an organization or service: At weekends we have a skeleton staff to deal with emergencies.
See also: crew, service, skeleton, staff
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He had a skeleton crew in the front office and marketing.
The Singapore-owned Cala Ponente had 23 crew members on board when it first docked in Blyth's Wimbourne Quay, but most have since gone home, leaving just the four Filipino sailors behind as a skeleton crew charged with keeping it secure and ready to sail.
Q resumes February 28 with a skeleton crew, but not all shows return.
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The captain and a skeleton crew remained onboard and the Cibeles was taken under tow by another fishing vessel last night.
Add to this the lowest possible installation cost and the need for only a skeleton crew of workers.
There will only be a skeleton crew operating at St Peter's Hospital in Maldon, Essex, for the two months it is shut.