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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 22.12.21

NFYFC has collated this information to help YFC members concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on their club activities. Keeping the YFC community safe is our priority and we will be updating this information regularly as the situation changes.

All the latest updates and advice are available on the Government website here.

County offices, County Chairs, NFYFC Council and County management teams are also being regularly updated with more detailed and specific information from NFYFC. Please speak to your County office if you would like access to more detailed information. 

YFC Club and County meetings and events

The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is now spreading throughout the UK and more restrictions have been introduced in England and Wales to help reduce its impact. NFYFC has reviewed its Covid-19 guidance for YFCs.

Advice for YFCs in England

The National Youth Agency has changed the Readiness Alert Level to YELLOW and government has reintroduced the compulsory wearing of face coverings.

The key change for YFCs involves the requirement for face coverings to be worn by everyone aged 11+ unless medically exempt or when eating/drinking, playing sport or similar activities. During performance activities, performers may remove their masks while performing but they must be put back on at the end of their performance.

Following the move in England by the Government to 'Plan B' on 8 December 2021,  NFYFC has updated its guidance. 

Moving to the Yellow Readiness Alert level means: 

  • All young people will be able to attend indoor or outdoor activities. Youth provision for young people of all ages, both under and over 18 years of age, have the same requirements. 
  • All youth provision may meet indoors or outdoors without limitations on group size. The regulations no longer require youth sector providers to limit their bubble sizes to a maximum number of attendees.
  • The need to review Action Plans/Risk Assessments and take steps to reduce the risk of community transmission. For example, consider how to manage groups of young people to a manageable number to minimise the risk of transmission.
  • Online/digital, detached/outdoor and 1-2-1 youth sector provision will remain available to all young people.
  • Trips and visits are be permitted. Travel by minibus, taxi, public transport, or private car (subject to safeguarding) are permitted.
  • The goal at all times should be to minimise the risk of COVID transmission.
  • Face coverings to be worn by everyone aged 11+ unless medically exempt or when eating/drinking, playing sport or similar activities. During performance activities, performers may remove their masks while performing but they must be put back on at the end of their performance.
  • Overnight and residential experiences are permitted. The same measures apply to all age groups.

NFYFC has set out specific guidance for any planned events in the build-up to Christmas in the Covid-19 documents.

A summary of our recommendations are:

  • Large-scale YFC social events (more than 500 attendees) are postponed and moved to 2022 to protect YFC members, their families and their Christmas family gatherings and festivities. Small-scale social events must be meticulously planned, with a robust risk assessment and the use of Covid-19 passes is mandatory.

Download the Covid Aware guidance here. 

Advice for YFCs in Wales

From 06:00 GMT on Boxing Day, Wales will move to alert level two, which means:

  • No spectators allowed at any indoor, outdoor, professional or community sports event.
  • 2 metre social distancing will be required in offices and all public premises.
  • A maximum of six people can meet in public premises.
  • Licenced premises will need to take additional reasonable measures to protect customers and staff.
  • A maximum of 30 people can attend indoor events and a maximum of 50 people at outdoor events.
  • People attending weddings or civil partnership receptions or wakes should take a lateral flow test before attending.
  • Nightclubs will close.

In Wales, it is now a legal requirement to work from home unless there is a reasonable excuse not to. Employers are expected to take all reasonable steps to facilitate home working.  

YFC social events in Wales

All YFC social events planned to be held in Wales during the next few weeks, MUST now be postponed/cancelled.

Club meeting and activities in Wales

Weekly club meeting, activities, training and similar can continue in Wales subject to limits to the number of attendees:-

  • Maximum of 30 people for indoor events/activities.
  • Maximum of 50 people for outdoor events/activities.

All attendees should take a Lateral Flow Tests shortly before the event and log with results with the NHS.  Those with a positive test result, must not attend the YFC event, should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid, must not attend the YFC event, should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

The YFC community is reminded that robust Covid Aware plans must be in place including face coverings and distancing (2m).  NFYFC also recommends that in-person events are held not more than once per week as a means of limiting the chain of contacts.

Everyone should also pay attention to the advice given by the Welsh Government to Keep Wales Safe, which is  as follows:-

  • get both jabs and when invited, get your booster
  • limit your contacts
  • outdoors is safer than indoors
  • do a lateral flow test before seeing others
  • if you have symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test
  • wear a face covering

Download the Covid Aware guidance here. 

Supporting your community – YFC Rural Support

All YFCs in England and Wales can continue to assist community groups with their Covid-19 response. It is likely that vulnerable people will require assistance again during the winter months if they choose to shield or take extra care to protect themselves.  

We are aware many YFC clubs have supported their local communities during the pandemic. As clubs start to meet and plan activities, we would encourage you to look at Covid-19 Mutual Aid for ways to support existing local groups too and ensure you follow social distancing guidelines.You can find out more about Covid19 Mutual Aid UK here and find a group near to you. 

If you’re taking part in a local community support group – with or without your YFC – you could be part of the Farming Help database that is supporting the farming community during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Helpline (03000 111 999), operated by FCN, is open 7am - 11pm every day of the year.

FCN is also helping the farming community to build personal and business resilience during this challenging time. Its FarmWell website and FarmWell Wales website provides a wealth of information and guidance around topics such as Brexit, Covid-19, mental health, faith and spirituality and much more.

Mental health

We understand the impact social distancing restrictions have had on YFC members – especially as so many already live in isolated areas and rely on their weekly club meetings to socialise with others.

To help YFC members look after their mental wellbeing during these uncertain times, NFYFC created Take Time resources, sponsored by Tama. There are seven steps to follow with practical advice and tips to help you to take time away from the pressures you may be under. All of these resources are available online here

NFYFC has also relaunched the Rural+ training module for clubs, which has been developed with The Farming Community Network and The DPJ Foundation. The course is now available for YFCs to deliver online and in person through a YFC Trainer. Please contact your County to make arrangements. Find out more about Rural+ here

If you feel that you are having a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you need to seek immediate expert advice and assessment. You can call your GP, ring the Samaritans on 116 123 or the Farming Help number on 03000 111 999. You can also follow the links under the ‘Urgent Help’ section here. 

The NHS also suggests viewing the Every Mind Matters website if you are having to self-isolate and are feeling lonely. 

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