COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated: 2nd December 2021

This page provides the latest guidance and advice on how Northumberland Scouts are responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated on a regular basis.

Important information

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at the weekend, the Government have confirmed there will be some changes to the way we can deliver Scouting activities within England. As of 2nd December 2021, the youth sector moves to the Yellow readiness level, and anyone aged 11+ must wear a face covering when indoors, unless they are exempt (and we recommend the use of known visible methods for people to display if they are exempt). We don’t know how long these restrictions will last but we will continue to update you as things change.

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.

Readiness level: Yellow

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

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • All non-residential activities (including young people, Scout Network and adult only groups): 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. Face coverings are required indoors (unless exempt) for those aged 11+.
  • 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.

Relevant Government Guidance:National Youth Agency

Note: UK Scouting continues to base its guidance and advice on government health advice, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Updates from the The Scouts are available here.