The government has extended the list of places in which there is a legal requirement to wear a face covering. This change comes into effect from 8th August and includes community centres, social clubs and indoor visitor farms.

The government also advises that people should wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Schools and other education and childcare settings should not require staff, children or learners to wear face coverings.

Links to government websites containing the above legislation can be found at this page.

Daisy Chain will always follow government guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our service users, staff and volunteers.

Yet we also recognise the challenges that face coverings may present to many individuals, including those affected by autism and neurodiversity.

The government has provided a list of exemptions where face coverings do not need to be worn. This list includes (but is not limited to):

  • Young children under the age of 11
  • Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face-covering because of physical or mental illness or disability
  • If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause distress
  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm of injury, to yourself or others

Daisy Chain staff will not routinely ask to see any written evidence (e.g. exemption cards) if a service user or parent/carer attends Daisy Chain without wearing a face covering.

If anyone has an exemption card and wishes to show it to staff then this is completely fine, however it is not a routine requirement.

All social distancing guidelines and safety measures will continue to be observed as per the Daisy Chain Covid-19 risk assessment and policy for services.

Specific guidance on face coverings in relation to Daisy Chain services has been provided with this letter. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Face Coverings at Daisy Chain - Specific Guidance

 

  • Daisy Chain will keep a stock of face coverings on site (including behind reception) and these can be used by service users/parents/carers as needed.

  • Face covering procedures will only apply to the indoor areas of Daisy Chain (including the indoor barn). Face coverings will not be required for anyone accessing the outdoor areas of Daisy Chain (e.g. the outdoor farm area, play area, etc.)

 

  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed indoors to eat lunch or a snack but this should only be done once seated and the face coverings must be replaced before moving about the building again. Daisy Chain strongly advises families to go outside to eat but recognises this is not always possible.

 

  • Children under the age of 11 years old will not be required to wear face coverings, although they can wear one if they wish to do so.

 

  • If attending a session without a parent/carer and supported by Daisy Chain staff, children between the ages of 11-17 years old are not required to wear a face covering, although they can wear one if they wish to do so. In these circumstances Daisy Chain would fall within the category of a ‘school, education or childcare setting’ where face coverings are not currently required for children.

 

  • If attending a session with a parent/carer (e.g. a family activity day), children between the ages of 11-17 and their parents/carers are required to wear a face covering indoors and whilst sharing a space with Daisy Chain staff members or anyone else from outside of the family group UNLESS they are exempt from doing so (e.g. if doing so would cause distress).

 

  • Adult service users aged 18+ will be required to wear a face covering UNLESS they are exempt from doing so (e.g. if doing so would cause distress).

 

  • Parents/carers will be required to wear a face covering whilst dropping off/collecting their child from sessions UNLESS they are exempt from doing so.

 

  • Parents/carers attending a 121 appointment at Daisy Chain will be required to wear a face covering when entering and exiting the building UNLESS they are exempt from doing so. Parents/carers attending a 121 appointment will not have to wear a face mask during the appointment itself, although they can wear one if they wish to do so.

 

  • Daisy Chain staff will not routinely be required to wear face coverings unless carrying out close contact activities.

 

  • Procedures for face coverings whilst attending offsite trips will depend on the location and nature of the trip itself. Daisy Chain will provide specific communication around face coverings for individual trips and offsite activities. Exemption guidelines will still apply for offsite trips, and service users will not be required to wear a face covering if they are exempt e.g. if doing so would cause distress).

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#when-you-do-not-need-to-wear-a-face-covering

 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings