Getting back together

Green guidance (from 6 September 2021)

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. Ensure that the hygiene arrangements within your risk assessments are maintained and visible – hand cleansing, surfaces and equipment. 
  • 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.

In addition, all traditional fundraising and community events can resume but be aware that return to yellow could occur at short notice and people may be nervous about participating.

What this means for Group and Unit meetings, day trips and activities

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.

The risk of Covid-19 transmission must continue to be assessed within Group/Unit risk assessments, mitigations considered and implemented. As necessary, risk assessments prepared for activities pre-pandemic will need to be updated to include for Covid-19 transmission. General risk assessments may need to be reviewed and updated as necessary.

Although there is no longer a legal requirement for many things, as Scouts, with a duty of care to others and to young people, we recommend and expect the application of good hygiene and covid-safe approaches to all our meetings, events, activities and residential experiences.  

Groups/units must therefore continue to consider if they still need to limit numbers for normal meetings and other trips or activities to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and consider additional requirements where they may involve those who may be more vulnerable to Covid-19 transmission.

Covid-19 risk assessments no longer require approval outside your group or unit. But if you wish to have further advice the e-mail address is: – for all queries about the process, issues, questions etc


The following guidance has changed from the 19 July:

More information

Click on the links below for pages covering the various subject areas that need to be referred to by Section Leaders, GSLs and Chairs of Executive Committees.

If your Group or Unit has not re-started face-to-face Scouting activities, the 5-step process for getting back to Scouting is explained here.

The levels of safety (the National Youth Agency guidance)

What you need to do (this page is now sunsetted, but still available here)

First aid, safety and safeguarding (updated 21/7/21)

Further matters to consider

Reading list

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