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The readiness levels across UK Scouts

The framework for face to face Scouting should be applied to whatever the readiness level is in your nation or jurisdiction. Check the readiness levels below.

Last updated: 6th May 2021

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England

Readiness level: AMBER

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 people maximum.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

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. Trips should only take place where the outcomes can not be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

 

Scotland

Readiness level: AMBER

This means: Limited group sessions can take place outdoors only. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: 30 people maximum.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 people maximum.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

Further information on what this means in the Scouts here.

Note: Physical outdoor activities are permitted but should be planned to minimise risk, by limiting travel at all times. Trips should only take place where the outcomes cannot be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner. No residentials are permitted.

Wales

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 indoors and 30 outdoors. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance,15 indoors and 30 outdoors. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.

Note: Physical outdoor activities are permitted but should be planned to minimise risk, by limiting travel at all times. Trips should only take place where the outcomes cannot be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner. No residentials are permitted.

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. 

 

 

Northern Ireland

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Limited group sessions can take place indoors and outdoors. No residential activities, day trips, visits or hikes.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: 15 young people plus leaders.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 young people
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present : Adults may meet for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance, maximum of 6 people.

Note: Activities should be in your immediate locality and no day trips/visits or residentials are permitted. This includes hike based activities but local walks are permitted so long as limited to the immediate locality of the group.

Note: Activities should be planned around the normal section meeting place, limiting travel, duration and mixing. Equipment must not be shared between members and no food and drink as part of the programme, members may bring a drink for their own consumption.

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. 

Further information on what this means can be found here.

Isle of Man

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live on the Isle of Man. No travel outside the Isle of Man for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to the Isle of Man for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
Guernsey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. No travel outside the Bailiwick for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to the Bailiwick for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
Jersey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the jersey. No travel outside Jersey for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to Jersey for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
British Scouting Overseas (BSO)

Readiness level: VARIES

This meansSee the British Scouting Overseas website for Reopening Status of Groups.

Maximum group size: Varies

 

 

Gibraltar

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: All activities can resume for members who live in Gibraltar. No travel outside Gibraltar for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to Gibraltar for any Scouting purpose. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance