Following work with Welsh Government colleagues, we are working on a plan that involves Scouting in Wales moving to the Amber readiness level from 27th March.
• From 27th March 2021, in Wales we will move to the Amber readiness level with Groups allowed to meet outdoors.
• From 22nd April 2021, we hope to move to the Yellow readiness level in Wales with Groups allowed to meet indoors or continue to meet outdoors.
The maximum numbers that will be able to meet for activities that involve young people will be 30 young people plus 6 leaders. Edited 27th March, this limit has now been removed, click here for the latest guidance
We are still working with the Welsh Government on longer term plans for residential trips, but we expect these to be introduced steadily throughout the summer.
All target dates are subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate, the rate of infections reducing across the country, and the Welsh Government easing restrictions in place.
It’s really important that social distancing and other COVID-19 safe measures are adhered to whilst we still have restrictions. We always need to consider the risks as we’re dealing with different strains of the virus and the majority of people at our meetings will not have been vaccinated yet.
Regulations around outdoor meetings are being relaxed initially due to the lower risk of transmission outdoors, and we would recommend meeting outdoors where you can in the spring and summer months.
There is no immediate rush for any of this. Taking part in Scouts is voluntary for all leaders and young people, and nobody should be pressured to return to face-to-face meetings before they are comfortable doing so. We hope that by April every young person is able to take part in Scouting provision whether that be online or face-to-face. Please do this at the right pace for you and your Group.