It’s not Yellow, but a new Amber

Date: 4th Sep 2020 Author: Peter Tomlin

The restriction on indoor Scouting was partially lifted on the 3rd of September, but is not a move to the Yellow stage of readiness for indoor Scouting activities. This is “Amber plus”.

The changes to the Amber rules include permitting indoor activities, but outdoor activities are preferred and should be encouraged. For indoor Scouting, all young people in all sections must wear face coverings and continue to social distance by 2m from each other where possible and from adult volunteers at all times. So activities will need to be planned appropriately to maintain social distancing. Adult/adult social distancing also applies at all times.

In addition, numbers change to 15 young people and up to five leaders (carers can be in addition and will not be counted in these numbers) – this applies both indoors and outdoors. Leaders can also include Young Leaders. If outdoors, there can be more than one bubble of young people meeting at the same time but there needs to be be 25m spacing between bubbles.

If Scout Groups wish to move to this Amber plus level, they will need to revisit their risk assessments to add new risks and mitigation measures as appropriate and resubmit them for approval.

Further information is available for Scout Leaders on our website (click here) and with links to Scout HQ for additional information.

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