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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: 2 December 2021

Important information

The tables below show what is allowed in each jurisdiction, anyone wishing to travel between jurisdictions (where allowed) must apply the stricter rules for the home and host location when planning and delivering the activities.

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.

England

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.
Scotland

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live in Scotland. 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 12+.
  • 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 ensure 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.

Further information on what this means in the Scouts here.

Wales

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: All activities can resume for members who live in Wales. 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.
Northern Ireland

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Day trips and visits are permitted. Limited residential activities may take place.Please see phased permitted activity between now and 14 Feb 2022 below.

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size for outdoor meetings; indoor venue use not to exceed 90% capacity at any one time.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): no limit on group size for outdoor meetings; indoor venue use not to exceed 90% capacity at any one time.
  • 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.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place.
    • Step 1 - A maximum of 35 participants from a single group using shared accommodation.
    • Step 2 (anticipated from 10 Jan 22) - A maximum of 60 participants from up to 3 groups using shared accommodation.
    • Step 3 (anticipated from 14 Feb 22) - Move to Green readiness level.
  • Scout ratios for both indoors and outdoors must be applied. COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight). Groups staying at the same site must remain independent of each other and lateral flow testing is strongly recommended, further guidance in the planning a COVID-safe nights away in 2021.

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: In step 1 where multiple groups wish to participate in nights away activities together they must use single occupancy accommodation such as tents or rooms (with the exception of siblings who may share). Indoor residentials are limited to a maximum of 6 young people plus leaders and carers, outdoor residentials have no maximum but will limited by the space available.

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. Residential activities and international travel may take place.  

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • 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
  • International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the government travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible.
Guernsey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Residential activities and international travel may take place.  

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • 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
  • International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the government travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible.
Jersey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the jersey. Residential activities and international travel may take place.  

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • 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
  • International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the government travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible.
British Scouting Overseas (BSO)

Readiness level: VARIES

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

Group sizes and limitations:  Maximum group sizes vary, see BSO website for full details.

 

 

Gibraltar

Readiness level: GREEN

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

Group sizes and limitations: 

  • 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
  • International travel: Visits abroad may resume but must follow the government travel advice and still manage the transmission of COVID and ensuring that the trips are safe and accessible.