To: all members

Keeping Everyone Safe

Thank you for everything you continue to do to support the safe provision of Scouting activities for everyone. As we emerge from the Omicron wave of Covid-19, it is now possible to relax some of the additional mitigations that were introduced at the start of the year.

Continued mitigations to supress the virus

Sections should continue to communicate and work with their members and those attending their activities, to implement measures which will help supress the virus.

This includes:

  • Wearing face coverings.
  • Supporting people to self-isolate if they are asked to do so by the NHS or through Government advice on testing.
  • Regularly testing to help break the chains of transmission.
  • Keeping premises as well ventilated as possible.
  • Ensuring good hand hygiene and surface cleaning.

 

Risk Assessments

  • You are reminded about the importance of having a risk assessment for all Scouting activity, including COVID mitigations, and the need to review this regularly.

 

Face coverings

  • Everyone over 12 must continue to wear a face covering when participating in activities indoors, including when seated.
  • Children under 12 are currently exempt from wearing face coverings but can wear them if they choose.
  • Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings. They should be worn by volunteers, young people, and other visitors (unless medically exempt).

 

Self-isolation and testing

  • Volunteers and young people over 12 and anyone else participating should be encouraged to adhere to the revised guidance on testing before meeting up with other households, especially indoors, and take lateral flow tests before attending. This can be combined with tests carried out for school. Squirrels, Beavers and Cubs do not need to do rapid tests.
  • Remind people not to attend if they have symptoms of coronavirus, if they have had a positive LFD or PCR test or if they have been advised to self-isolate because they are a close contact of a positive case.
  • Self-isolation guidelines vary for adults and young people and, in the case of adults, also depend on their vaccination status. Up-to-date guidelines are available from NHS Inform.
  • Sections and Groups must keep clear records showing which adults and children spend sustained periods of time together and retain these for up to 21 days. This supports effective practice in following Test and Protect protocols.

 

Ventilation

  • If using a communal space, the provision of fresh air into indoor environments is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19. By taking measures to increase the volume of outside air entering a building, such as opening windows, doors or vents, you can help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Good hygiene and surface cleaning

  • Equipment should be cleaned daily or, if groups of children change during the day, on a sessional basis with a standard detergent and disinfectant that are active against viruses and bacteria. Surfaces should be cleaned regularly.

 

Food and drink preparation and sharing, including cutlery, mugs etc

  • All crockery and equipment used in the provision of meals and snacks should be cleaned with general-purpose detergent and dried thoroughly before being stored for re-use.
  • Volunteers should consider whether to permit food and drink to be consumed in the setting used, unless essential for medical reasons.
  • If you use a kitchen area to make hot drinks or snacks, or access to water, young people and volunteers should bring their own cups/cutlery.
  • Sharing of food or drink should not take place.

 

Evening, Excursions and Day Trips

Evening, Excursions, and Day Trips can take place subject to the following conditions:

  • Appropriate risk assessments being carried out.
  • Any travel arrangements follow latest guidance.
  • Adherence to Covid protocols at the destination.

 

Residential Activities

Residential activities can take place and are subject to all Nights Away protocols.

There are no limits on overnight tent/room occupancy.

There are no limits on expedition group size indoors or outdoors however:

  • As an appropriate mitigation, it is recommended that everyone over 12 taking part in an overnight visit is asked to undertake a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test before the trip begins.

You can find the updated Scouts Scotland COVID-19 Framework for the Delivery of Scouting here.

Best Wishes,

Graeme

Graeme Luke

Chief Executive Officer