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Coronavirus guidance for YFC members

Last updated: 22.07.21

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. 

YFC Club and County meetings and events

Advice for YFCs in England 

The Prime Minister has approved the lifting of legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021 but has urged the country not to rush back to normality as there is still uncertainty about how the ending of lockdown will affect 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. 

Currently the youth sector readiness level is YELLOW and the NYA guidance can be read here.

From 19 July  

All remaining legal limits on social contact will end on Monday 19 July in England. New government guidance will be given to try to control the virus, and this will include:

  • The use of face coverings in crowded areas and on public transport will be “expected and recommended”.
  • Covid-19 certification checks will 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”.

What rules are being lifted?

  • One metre rule
  • Rule of six indoors and rule of 30 outdoors
  • Visitor limits in care homes
  • Work from home order

Guidance but not law

  • Face coverings in in large/crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household
  • Covid passports for nightclubs and large events
  • QR codes to sit in pubs and restaurants

What is staying?

  • NHS Test and Trace system
  • Requirement to self-isolate if you test positive
  • Overseas travel - red, green and amber countries under border policy
  • One-metre rule for those self-isolating and passengers at airportsFor 18s and over (or mixed groups of over and under 18s).
  • The rule of six applies for indoor activity.

What can YFCs in England do?

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 (using online booking systems can assist with this) as government has said that it is expected that test and trace and isolate will remain necessary through the autumn and winter.

After 16 August, those fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate after coming in contact with an infected person.

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

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

Advice for YFCs in Wales

The Welsh Government have updated restrictions since 17 July: 

  • Organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures
  • No legal restrictions on the number of people who can gather outdoors – event risk assessment should include Covid safety measures to be taken
  • All organisers planning events and activities must undertake a full risk assessment and put in place measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing.
  • Up to 30 children from organisations may attend residential centres over the summer holidays
  • Continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt) in all indoor public places
  • Observe social distancing with people not in your household or your exclusive extended household – indoors and outside

Events are ‘regulated’ by Welsh government it means the regulations must be adhered to – without exception.  The risk assessment must be carried out and the relevant covid safety actions taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

YFCs in Wales that are planning to organise an event should refer to the Welsh Government’s full guidance ?and follow the guidance produced by the NFYFC.

YFCs can therefore plan and organise larger events.  NFYFC recommends, if possible, that these are outdoors, and if an event must be indoors remember wearing a face covering and 2m social distancing remains in force by Welsh government.  Test, Trace, Protect information should be collected (using online booking systems can assist with this).

For social events, which are like nightclub settings, are not yet permitted in Wales.  Further easements to covid restrictions are expected from Welsh government on 7 August 2021.

Current guidance for youth work services in Wales is available here.

>>> Guidance produced by the NFYFC should be observed and can be viewed 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 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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