Additional restrictions easing in England from 19th July

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Additional restrictions easing in England from 19th July

17 July 2021

Dear all

Following the Government announcement on Monday, we’re pleased to update that from 19th July there will be some changes to the way that we can deliver Scouting activities.

The Government have confirmed that the following changes will apply whilst the youth sector remains in the Yellow readiness level throughout the summer:
Group sizes – There will be no limit to group sizes, meaning that full sections and multiple sections may meet together.  We must still act to minimise the spread of COVID-19 when running activities.
COVID-19 controls – It will no longer be the law to practice social distancing or to wear a face covering.  However members will still need to wear face coverings in the following circumstances: when an activity requires direct physical contact; when in direct contact because of an incident; or in poorly ventilated spaces.  Social distancing is still encouraged when in poorly ventilated spaces (note: any requirements by facilities and external providers will be followed).
Nights Away – The group size limits have been removed for nights away activities, but we must still have no more than 6 people per accommodation (tent/room).  Lateral flow testing will become a recommendation and not a requirement, but we are still strongly encouraged to keep testing as outlined in the guidance.  Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive must return home immediately, and those sharing a room/tent with this individual must also return home and self-isolate.

The readiness level table has been updated to reflect these changes.

You can check the current guidance on the getting back together safely updates page.  The content will be updated on Monday 19th July when these changes come into effect.

It’s important to make sure that safety remains at the forefront of our plans.  We all have a responsibility to make sure that our activities are planned to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Our Headquarters will continue to monitor further changes in government guidance and expect the next update to be in September 2021.

Scouts: Malcolm will update you with any changes in the plans for Summer Camp.

We’re looking forward to an exciting summer of Scouting activities, and hope you are too!