The National Youth Agency have released updated guidance following the lifting of restrictions in England from 17th May 2021. The Scouts have announced all areas in England, including Greater Manchester West will move to the YELLOW readiness level with limited restrictions on section meetings and the reintroduction of residential activities for smaller groups, ideal for QSA and DofE expedition groups
Please find information about restrictions in the YELLOW readiness level below.
This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.
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): 30 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.
Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place with a maximum of 6 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place immediately prior to departure and every 48-72hrs throughout the trip and on return.
Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time. Larger Group, District and County events will remain prohibited, but we’re still hopeful they will return later in the year
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.
Don’t forget that ahead of restarting face-to-face activities you should review your COVID safe risk assessment and make sure it’s current. If nothing significant has changed or only changes to your numbers then this does not need to be re-approved ahead of you restarting.
Our campsite teams have been busy improving, developing and maintaining the grounds and facilities at each of our three campsites. Both Bispham Hall and Dunham Park have reopened for day visits with Hollinwood hoping to do the same in the near future.
For more information about bookings and to see what each of the campsites have been up to over the past year, please use the links below to visit their Facebook pages.