Food, drinks and parties
Provision of snacks, meals or drinks
It is not recommended to permit food and drink to be consumed in the setting used, unless essential for medical reasons. If providers permit use of kitchen areas, service users staff and volunteers should bring their own cups/cutlery. Surfaces in kitchen areas should be cleaned and disinfected in between each use. Sharing of food or drink should not take place.
Parties (organised activity)
Because parties are generally considered higher risk activities, different rules apply. It is recommended that parties do not take place inside venues unless an area is at Level 0, or for Island areas Level 1.
They may take place outside at any level, but, for these activities, the general social gathering rules apply eg. no more than 8 people from 3 households (at Level 1). The service provider would be included as one of the households in the gathering and must be responsible for the organised activity taking place.
At all levels, sharing of food, blowing out candles, singing in groups etc and other activities that are likely to be higher risk should continue to be avoided.
These activities, due to their nature, are generally seen as higher risk, and should only be permitted within the restrictions set out above.
Physical based activities
Where more physical based activities are taking place that don’t follow Sport Governing Body guidance, or any other guidance, they will come under this guidance. These are not permitted indoors at Level 4.
Breakfast clubs form an important part of the day for many children and families, addressing issues of food insecurity but also providing important accessible childcare options for many working parents at the start of the day. We would encourage services who are delivering breakfast clubs to operate in line with the guidance provided for regulated school age childcare provision. This guidance provides information on how to work safely with groups of children indoors, limiting contacts for children and ensuring physical distancing between children and adults where possible. It also contains guidance around group numbers and staffing as well as the use of face masks and increased hygiene measures for any equipment used.
Services may also find the catering section of the schools guidance useful in their considerations.