This page was last updated – 28/03/2022

Scouting in Wales moved to the Green readiness level on 28th January 2022

We are closely following Welsh and UK Government announcements. We will update ScoutsCymru guidance as appropriate. Significant changes will be communicated via email to all members.

Following the announcement from Welsh Government we have the following changes for Scouting in Wales:

  • Face coverings are no longer required in any setting for any Scouting activity. You may still choose to  utilise face coverings as a method of reducing transmission risk, this should be documented in your risk assessment.
  • Although the legal requirement to self-isolate if testing positive for COVID-19 has ended we would like to remind you that the health and wellbeing of all adults and young people in Scouting is of utmost importance. ScoutsCymru strongly suggest that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 isolates and does not attend Scout meetings of any type. This is in line with Welsh Government advice – further details can be found here.

Remember:

  • No limits on the number of people that can attend indoor or outdoor Scouting activities of any kind. This includes programme delivery, adult training, exec meeting etc.
  • Social distancing is no longer required in any Scout setting, indoors or out.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place, more details in the planning COVID-safe Nights Away in 2021 guidance.There are no restrictions on international travel, but it is strongly advised that you check  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice with the awareness that the requirements/restrictions may change at any time. This includes being aware of Government restrictions on travel (both within the UK and in the destination nation) and checking with insurance providers that appropriate cover is in place.

  • Although indoor activities are allowed, to make sure we do all we can to minimise the spread of the virus, we’d encourage you to continue to Scout outdoors where possible, and weather permitting.
  • You no longer need to report cases of COVID in adults or young people to headquarters.

 

Testing and isolation 

For the latest guidance from Welsh Government on testing and isolation requirements please see: https://gov.wales/self-isolation 

We encourage you to review your risk assessments with the above information in mind.

Do we need Face Coverings?

Face coverings are no longer required in any setting for any Scouting activity. You may still choose to  utilise face coverings as a method of reducing transmission risk, this should be documented in your risk assessment.

Do we need Risk Assessments?

Yes. Risk assessments should be reviewed and updated in line with the new guidance and alert level. There is still no requirement to submit them through a portal system. Risk assessments should be signed off and kept locally with all relevant volunteers having access to them.

Can residential activities go ahead?

Residential activities will no longer be limited by group size or the numbers sharing accommodation. This means more flexibility for Groups when planning their nights away activities, though members are still required to plan activities in ways which aim to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

What reasonable measures should I consider taking to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus?

Although the legal requirements relating to coronavirus have now been removed we would like to remind you that the health and wellbeing of all adults and young people in Scouting is of utmost importance.

While it is impossible to mitigate the risks completely, there are some measures which are reasonable to take, and members are expected to include these in their planning and risk assessments. There are some examples of reasonable measures below. The measures you take should be informed by your Covid Specific Risk Assessment and aim to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading during your activities or at your premises and should be tailored to your specific circumstances.

What are some examples of reasonable measures? (this is not an exhaustive list)

Reduce the chance of coronavirus being present

  • If a volunteer, parent, visitor, or a child becomes unwell or symptomaticwe refc the setting they should leave the setting immediately and follow the Welsh Govenment Advice.
  • Parents, visitors, and children who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 shold not attend Scout activities and should follow  self-isolation guidance.
  • Rapid lateral flow testing for young people aged 11+  and volunteers at Scouts can be a helpful tool.

Prevent crowding

  • Limit numbers or control movement of people so that where possible people can safely distance themselves from others. For example, use one-way systems to enter or walk around the premises and control the movement of people coming together in confined areas such as toilets.
  • Maintain social distancing between adults and children over 11 both during and outside of sessions. While it is generally accepted very young children are not good at distancing, other adults and older children should still try to distance from one another.
  • Control entry and exit points to prevent people coming together. Limit your capacity
  • Reduce numbers. In determining the capacity of the activity, the number of people who may attend at any one time, remember that lowering numbers will reduce the extent to which close physical interaction will occur, by reducing the potential for crowding.
  • Spreading people evenly across the venue so that they don’t gather in disproportionate numbers in one room or space.

Improve your ventilation or go outside

  • Encourage use of outdoor space where this is available.
  • Enhance airflow by opening windows and propping open internal doors (but not fire doors) where possible and where safe to do so. As children will attend these premises there will be some premises where opening windows or doors may increase the risk of children injuring themselves or leaving the premises unsupervised, so this should form a part of any risk assessment
  • If there is a lack of natural ventilation, ensure mechanical ventilation systems provide 100% fresh air and do not recirculate air from one space to another.
  • Make sure mechanical ventilation systems are effectively maintained and have been serviced.

For further information on getting back together safely, including guidance and templates for risk assessments please see the UK Scouts website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us using admin@scoutscymru.org.uk