We are sharing with you the latest letter from the Minister of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), informed by the most recent guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
There is a significant deterioration in all of the key disease indicators together with the potential impact of new, more transmissible variants of the disease. So it is now necessary to take measures over and above the Level 5 restrictions set out in the published Guidance for Youth WorkOrganisations.
Key points of note in the Minister’s letter include that youth organisations:
Must move exclusively to remote delivery of services until notified otherwise, except in the following circumstances:
- Essential youth work support, focused on at-risk, vulnerable young people or young people in crisismay continue in person – it is expected that this will be one to one or very small group work.
- Such essential youth work must be delivered in line with the current public health restrictions and should only take place where mandated by the most senior management in the youth service.
- Numbers involved should be kept to an absolute minimum and must not exceed groups of 6.
- Outdoor options should be used in all cases where it is feasible.
- Use of Youth Service Transport should only be considered where absolutely necessary and only in the context of essential service provision.
It is important that youth organisations continue to communicate messages encouraging young people to keep themselves safe by staying at home during the current situation, practicing good hand hygiene and sneezing and coughing etiquette and by maintaining the 2m distance.