COVID – 19 Update
St Helens and District Scouts are operating under the Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely Framework. We are currently at a Readiness Level of Red.
Readiness level: RED
This means: No face-to-face activity, meetings or residential activities
The Scouts Framework – for face to face activities (On hold until Readiness Level of Amber)
The Scouts Framework is aligned with Government-approved guidance for the Youth Sector developed by the National Youth Agency. This framework will apply in every nation within UK Scouting and walks through:
- the permissions process for restarting any face to face activity
- the key considerations to be ready to restart face-to-face activities and how these will be phased
- Legal and liability conditions
- Key control measures for everyone to follow
Guidance for completing risk assessments and approving face to face activity
Update From National County
The Readiness Level in Merseyside will move to Red on Wednesday 14th October.
It is with a great sense of concern, on many levels, that I write to update you following the UK Government announcements, today.
The National Youth Agency has confirmed to UK Scouts that areas classed as ‘Tier 3 (Very High)’, under the new Government framework, which currently applies to the whole of Merseyside, will move to a Readiness Level of Red; as of Wednesday 14th October. This unfortunately means that there must be no face-to-face Scouting activities across Merseyside, from Wednesday until further notice, and without any exception.
We know that so many have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the reintroduction of COVID-safe face to face activities. In Merseyside, an impressive 135 COVID-19 risk assessments for the Amber Readiness Level have been submitted and approved; and many activities had been able to resume. We thank you so much for this work, which has not only already made a positive impact on our young people, but will not be wasted. With a review by Section Teams, these preparations will still be of great use when things change again in the future. It is the current policy that we will be able to return to Amber when Merseyside moves from Tier 3 to Tier 2 – but we will notify you when our Readiness Level changes, and confirm this at that point.