England’s readiness level is Amber

This means in Norfolk that you could now organise COVID-19 safe face-to-face activities outdoors only with a maximum group size of 15

Updated 6 July

From 6 July, the rules in England have changed and we are moving to the Amber readiness level, alongside the rest of the youth sector.

This means in Norfolk that you can now organise COVID-19 safe face-to-face activities outdoors only with a maximum group size of 15.

Please note that:

  • Leaders need to be included in this maximum group size number.
  • No young person or adult volunteer can move between different groups of 15 on the same day.
  • This is for all Sections except for Scout Network, as the rules cover under 18s only. Scout Network must follow the same rules as adults in social settings.


  • No face to face activity can take place until you have done all the preparations to ensure a safe return, and these written risk assessments and plans have been approved locally.
  • Residential activities and international trips are not currently permitted.
  • Read all the guidance and steps that need to be taken before any face to face activity can resume.



From 2 July 2020

The gradual return to face-to-face Scouting – from Matthew, the County Commissioner

The Scouts have shared an overview of the steps and process to start returning to some face-to-face Scouting. The details of that process have been shared on

Some of you will be very keen to get on with planning how your group or section can return but please be mindful of the following:

  • We’re all in this together – everyone has received the same information today, please be respectful of Group Scout Leaders, District and County colleagues who need to read and understand the material before they can support others.
  • We could go backward before we move forwards – no one wants to see a ‘second spike’ of Covid-19 nationally or locally but we must be prepared to manage disappointment.
  • Some people are very scared of Covid-19 – treat them with sensitivity and empathy. Find a way they can help that still lets them feel safe.
  • Some people are very tired or stretched – work at a pace that avoids mistakes and upset.
  • This starts at grassroots – Groups and Units to start first, with engaging parents, carers and young people. Don’t over promise, get a good feel of how people are feeling in your patch.
  • We will start when we’re ready – it’s not a race, some groups will start before others, we’ll all be champions when we’ve pulled this off.
  • Be honest – if you don’t know, call it out. Do not make it up.
  • Be cautious – if it doesn’t feel safe or right, stop and ask for help.


The next steps for everyone: