Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Readiness level: Currently AMBER
The National Youth Agency (NYA) has also confirmed that the youth sector in England can move to the next stage of restrictions on Monday 12 April.
We know that many sections have already been meeting since 29 March, so a big thank you if you’ve already been able to get up and running. We hope that these updates will allow even more young people to join them in getting back together face-to-face.
This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors only. No residential activities.
The key changes from our current Amber status will be:
- Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers will be able to meet indoors, with no legal limit on youth numbers, however, you should keep it as one section meeting at a time with flexibility for smaller sections to join together if required. It’s important to remember that physical space will be limited and social distancing of two metres between everyone will be required. You should continue to take all measures to stop transmission and we would recommend most sections to continue meeting outdoors if they can.
- Scout Network may also meet indoors but will be limited to maximum group sizes of 15. We continue to encourage outdoor meetings where you can.
- Adult activities can only take place outdoors and should follow the current Government guidance.
- Trips and visits are now accepted, however, these should only be done where you cannot stay local to achieve the outcomes and each must be completed within a day as residential activities remain prohibited.
Note: Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time.
Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance.
Note: Activities (including those away from your usual meeting place) should be planned to minimise risk by limiting travel at all times. Check the guidance on planning activities in terrain zero.
Updates on residentials in the UK and larger group sizes are expected to be announced in the coming months. These dates follow the government’s roadmap – they’re subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.
Please continue to follow all COVID-19 restrictions while meeting with your group. If you’ve had an Amber risk assessment approved by South Ribble’s Risk Assessment Team, this will still be valid – but we’d encourage you to review your risk assessment before meeting again. If your Amber risk assessment hasn’t been approved yet, we’d recommend you complete one this month, detailing risks for both indoor and outdoor activities. Don’t forget that before meeting face-to-face, all adults will have to have their mandatory safety and safeguarding up to date.
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.