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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All those nurses refusing to cooperate when asked to work as part of a skeleton staff will be referred to the police, Health minister George Pamporidis warned on Thursday.
The minister's statements followed claims on Wednesday that on two occasions nurses from the PASYNO nursing union had refused to work as part of a skeleton staff during the ongoing nursing strike.
Due to the strike, hospitals, especially the Limassol, Famagusta, Paphos, and Polis hospitals are operating with a skeleton staff. The government has made arrangements for emergency cases to be referred to the private sector.
A SKELETON staff took charge at a Coventry primary school when the time came to learn about keeping bones healthy.