Youth Restart Guidance Key Changes

Youth Restart

From Monday the 2nd of August, youth services will operate under step 4 of the pathway to recovery as outlined in the Youth Restart Guidance. Key changes to the operation of services are outlined below;
°    Generic Provision can increase to 90% of the venue capacity
°    Targeted provision can increase to group sizes of 20 (but remain within the 90% of the venue capacity)
°    Outreach and detached can now include developmental projects in public spaces
°    Restrictions on Residential/Overnight stays remain the same
After consultation with PHA and the DE Restart Team, we have provided updated guidance on the management of staff/young people who are either suspected, confirmed, or identified as a close contact of Covid-19, this information can be found on page 16 of the guidance. 
We have received queries from across the youth work sector regarding the requirement to self-isolate and it is important to note: If a staff member or young person (including a group of young people or staff teams) are identified by PHA (either through direct contact by PHA staff or via the Stop Covid-19 app) as having been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of Covid-19, they must self-isolate for the required 10 days regardless of a subsequent negative PCR test.

Guide to the Covid-19 Vaccination and the Workplace

This week the LRA (Labour Relations Agency) published its new guide to support employees and employers with managing vaccination issues in the workplace.

The Practical Guide to the Covid-19 Vaccination and the Workplace developed by the LRA covers a range of issues which employers and employees may face relating to the Covid-19 vaccination and includes a policy template for employers wishing to have a framework in place for dealing with these.

As part of the guidance, the LRA have highlighted some ‘key takeaways’ which include:

Consider introducing a ‘COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace’ policy document.
Approach the issue of vaccination in a voluntary and encouraging way.
Be aware of the potential legal issues and risks that underpin the wording and implementation of a policy.
Always take into account fact sensitivities when applying a policy.
Strive to retain effective and harmonious employment relations regarding the implementation of a policy.
The guidance document is attached to this article and can be accessed on the LRA website via the link BELOW


Fully vaccinated arrivals from France to Northern Ireland must continue to quarantine

Covid 19 Updates

Fully vaccinated arrivals from France to Northern Ireland must continue to quarantine

Date published: 19 July 2021

From 5pm today, anyone arriving from France into Northern Ireland must continue to quarantine for ten days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

From today, any one arriving from amber countries who have been fully UK vaccinated, will no longer have to quarantine, although they will still need to comply with necessary testing requirements. However, this will not apply to France following the persistent presence of cases in France  of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

Anyone who has been in France in the last ten days will need to quarantine on arrival to Northern Ireland in their own accommodation and will need a Day 2 and Day 8 test, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes any fully UK vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach Northern Ireland.

This move today brings Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK.

Information on international travel is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from an amber country | nidirect