Our current readiness level: YELLOW - The requirement for face coverings to be worn indoors has been lifted, please exercise personal choice. Read More


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Updated 20/01/22

Readiness level: YELLOW – We can confirm that from Thursday 20th Jan, face coverings are no longer compulsory in the youth sector for any ages, in any setting. They can still be worn by choice and practice should remain Covid secure.

As with all Scouts activities you need to have a risk assessment and be clear on how you are managing the transmission of COVID. Guidance on how to protect everyone involved in the Scouts and support those made more vulnerable by the current situation. This guidance contains the most up-to-date information relating to social distancing, face coverings, and hygiene arrangements, check this regularly to stay current.



This means: All activities can resume for members who live in England. Residential activities and international travel may take place.

Group size and limitations:

  • All non-residential activities (including young people or Scout Network members): No limit on group size, although all activities must be able to safely manage the risk of transmission of COVID and, if this is not possible, they must not take place.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place, more details in the planning COVID-safe Nights Away in 2021 guidance
  • International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the FCDO travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible. Consideration for the changing government requirements must be built into the trip plans prior to approval being given locally for the trips to go ahead.

For adult-only activities please follow the government guidance for social gatherings in our area.

Submitting a Risk Assessment & Help Files

This Section is to supports leaders through the process of returning to face-to-face Scouts activities and moving between levels as the situation changes.

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