Important Information


Good Evening,

This evening Managers in Scouting received an update from the UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd regarding Coronavirus. In Greater Manchester West, we wanted to share this information at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure you have all the necessary information.

Managing the risk in the UK
The Government’s Coronavirus webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at

Returning from abroad
The Government Coronavirus webpage advises on what to do if people have recently returned from areas affected by the virus. Please check the advice and the list of countries. Just like everyone else, our Members should follow the standard advice on self-isolation if that is applicable.

If you or your team are organising any Scout events, please make sure you regularly read the latest Government advice and then update your risk assessments if necessary.

Scout trips abroad
As well as the Government Coronavirus webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions.

The Coronavirus situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover and verify that the trip continues to have appropriate insurance as the situation develops.

If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.

Check for changes
As you will understand, this is a rapidly changing situation. Please continue to check the Government webpage for updates, and follow their advice to guide your local decisions.

We’ll be sharing some advice with all members in the March member email on Tuesday 3 March, but you may share this email with your team before then if required.

Thank you
On behalf of the UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kid, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults can enjoy Scout activities safely.

Kind Regards,

Andy Farrell
County Commissioner