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Changes to gathering sizes in England

A message from our County Commissioner, Matthew

UPDATED – 10 September 2020

You will have seen in the media reports that the Government is introducing a new limit of six people gathering from Monday (14 September). The rule of six will become law.

Since the initial announcement and messages from the Prime Minister on 9 September, the government has confirmed that it considers the youth sector an essential service.

This means that there are no changes to our readiness level or group sizes we can operate in.

Scout section meetings are only operated where a risk assessment has been completed and checked by a nominated approver, this ensures we’re providing Scouting in line with COVID secure NYA guidance standards.

Naturally some parents or members of the public might question why Scout sections are meeting in numbers greater than six, if they do not know the rules we operate to try and keep everyone safe.  If you are questioned or queried then be open and transparent, feel free to allow people to see risk assessments (ensuring no confidential data is shared) and direct them to our website https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/

Please discuss concerns with empathy and respect. A big part of being safe is feeling safe!

 

Continue to look for the latest information and current Readiness Level at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/

If you are worried or need help making a decision contact your Line Manager (Group Scout Leaders/District Commissioner) or back.together@norfolkscouts.org.uk

 

Best wishes

Matthew

 

Matthew Burrell

County Commissioner (Norfolk)

 

 

 

 

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You will have seen in the media reports that the government is introducing a new limit of six people gathering from Monday (14 September).

At this time it is unclear what impact, if any, it will have on the National Youth Agency guidance that Scouting follows to determine our ‘readiness’ level and meeting group sizes.

Currently there is no change, so please continue with any plans you have already in place.

 

It is natural that some people (young people, volunteers or parents) may be concerned by this news, please discuss concerns with empathy and respect. A big part of being safe is feeling safe.

Please can I ask you not to try to jump conclusions about what might happen and wait for information from the Scouts.

 

Continue to look for the latest information and current Readiness Level at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/

If you are worried or need help making a decision contact your Line Manager (Group Scout Leaders/District Commissioner) or back.together@norfolkscouts.org.uk

 

Please remember this is an evolving situation, and this information has been released to your support network (HQ, County and District) at the same time as you.

Keep safe and up-to-date.

Best wishes

Matthew

 

Matthew Burrell

County Commissioner (Norfolk)