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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 12.08.21

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 develops.

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 through weekly Covid-19 briefings from NFYFC. Please speak to your County office if you would like access to this more detailed information. 

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Advice for YFCs in England and Wales

The Prime Minister has approved the lifting of legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021 and the First Minster of Wales confirmed the same for Wales from 7 August 2021. 

Governments have urged people not to rush back to normality as there is still uncertainty about how the ending of lockdown will effect the spread of serious Covid-19 cases. The Delta variant of the virus is highly infectious and it is the cause of 90% of new infections.

Current status

Most remaining legal limits on social contact ended in England on Monday 19 July and ended in Wales on Saturday 7 August. New government guidance to try to control the virus includes:

  • The use of face coverings in crowded areas and on public transport will be “expected and recommended”.  In Wales, face coverings are stills legally required in indoor settings.
  • Covid-19 certification checks are be advised for events where strangers mix at close quarters, potentially including theatres, concerts, sports events and nightclubs. And, the government has said it “reserves the right to mandate certification in certain venues at a later date if necessary”.

Guidance for YFCs

  • Covid Passes or results of a recent (within 48 hrs) negative Covid-19 test is recommended for large social events.
  • Continue to collect track and trace information for all events from all attendees.
  • Those with symptoms of the virus or who have tested positive should self-isolate.
  • Those contacted by the track and trace service should self-isolate for the period advised.

Face coverings:   

  • In England, face coverings are advised in large/crowded settings, where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household
  • In Wales, face coverings remain a requirement for indoor settings. Face coverings are recommended in large/crowded outdoor settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household.

What can YFCs do (England & Wales)?

YFCs can plan and organise events. NFYFC recommends, if possible, that these are outdoors, and if an event must be indoors, where people will mix in close proximity, face coverings should be encouraged and the venue is very well ventilated.

For social events, which are like nightclub settings, event organisers should consider using Covid-19 certification (the NHS App) to check:

  • vaccine status, or
  • for a recent negative test, or
  • natural immunity.

Please note that at this stage this is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.

Track and trace information is collected (online booking systems can assist with this) as the Government has said that it is expected that track and trace and isolate will remain necessary through the autumn and winter.

Encourage all YFC members to have the Covid-19 vaccine and to act in a socially responsible manner – by not attending events if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have recently tested positive.

>>NFYFC's updated Covid-Secure for YFCs in England guidelines can be downloaded here

>>NFYFC's updated Covid-Secure for YFCs in England guidelines can be downloaded here

This document has information to assist those planning YFC events with key messages.

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 some people will again require assistance as they shield or take extra care to protect themselves.  

We are aware many YFC clubs have been supporting 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. 

YFC Competitions  

The competitions programme for 2020-21 has been updated, which you can view here.

There is an extension to the age ranges that can compete during this membership year. It means that in 2020-21 YFC members who are aged 27 or under on 1 September will still be able to compete. Clubs and counties are asked to check the ages that can compete in sports though, as insurance restrictions will still remain. An extension to the competing age has also been approved for the 2021-22 membership year also.  

Please refer to the Competitions pages for regular updates on any changes to the competitions programme. 

NFYFC Council and Steering Group Meetings

Members of all five steering groups have been holding regular meetings online to discuss and guide the programme of work at NFYFC and Council meetings are currently taking place online. 

Mental health

We understand the impact social distancing restrictions are having 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 has created Take Time resources, sponsored by Tama. There are seven steps to follow with practical advice and tips on helping 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 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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