Nearly 20 months after face to face Scouting was curtailed by the COVID pandemic, November saw Scouting in Scotland move to the Green Readiness level. This is another major step in our return to “normal” Scouting and the best #SkillsForLife experiences for our young people.
It should be noted that Green Readiness does not mean that all restrictions are removed and whilst all meetings and events are permitted indoors and outdoors with no limit of numbers (except for Scout ratios) and no physical distancing is required, face coverings must be worn in indoor locations by everyone aged 12+.
The change of readiness level does mean that international travel is now also permitted but any group considering international travel is encouraged to review the latest guidance from Scouts Scotland and reach out to Simon Innes , Regional Advisor (International) to review any plans.
At present the Green readiness level is not affected by the recent return of England and Wales back to Yellow readiness level, but it is possible that the situation could change and we will continue to keep you updated via our Regional communications channels.
The move to Green does not mean that the risk from COVID has gone away and all members are encouraged to review the risk assessments that they have in place and continue to take every reasonable precaution to keep people safe:
- good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
- good ventilation
- face coverings for age 12+ indoors (including at camp) and on public/dedicated transport
- compliance with Test and Protect and the need for accurate registers at every event/meeting.
This is another sign that we are moving in the right direction and I would like to thank all our volunteers and staff for the sacrifices that I know so many have made during this challenging time and the dedication that you have shown to Scouting in South East Scotland.