COVID 19 update

If a Positive Case attends Scouting, please refer to the Positive Cases and Contacts FAQs

From 11:59 pm on April 22, 2022, COVID-19 restrictions have significantly relaxed across Victoria. The following requirements apply to Scouts Victoria members, supporters and visitors. Further guidance is available in the Summary of Restrictions.

Key Changes

  • Only Leaders, adult helpers and other workers (such as campsite workers, etc) need to be fully vaccinated and have received at least 2 doses of COVID vaccine or have a medical exemption
  • Parents (including rostered parents), young adult members (ie Rovers) and youth members are not required to be vaccinated
  • QR Code Check-in and COVID Check-in Marshals are no longer required
  • Face masks are not required unless travelling on a bus or public transport

Further guidance on Indoor and Outdoor Scouting is available in the Scout Halls FAQs and Outdoor Activities FAQs.

Updated generic COVIDSafe Plans are available in the COVIDSafe Plans FAQs.

Close Contacts

Close contacts can now leave seven-day self-quarantine as long as they comply with specific requirements. Close contacts can attend Scouting if they:

  • are not showing any COVID-like symptoms, and
  • have received a negative result from a Rapid Antigen test undertaken on the day of attendance (and each subsequent day for an overnight event), and
  • wear a face mask indoors (unless an exception applies), and
  • do not share accommodation, such as tents, bunkhouses or hall sleepovers.

COVID Testing

It is recommended that all attendees (including youth members, young adult members, leaders, adult helpers, parents, etc) receive a negative COVID test (PCR or Rapid Antigen) within 48 hours prior to attending an activity that includes:

  • Sharing a tent or other accommodation such as cabins or bunkhouses
  • Sleepover at a hall or similar property

COVID Testing may also be required at some Major Events (see below).

A COVID test undertaken as part of work or school surveillance is acceptable to demonstrate a negative COVID test.

Where a COVID test could not be undertaken within 48 hours prior to attending an event, the participant should stay in single person accommodation until a COVID test can be performed.

Scouts Victoria has developed an online pre-event COVID Screening form that the Leader in Charge can use to register their event and send to attendees for completion prior to attending. Further guidance on the online Pre-Event COVID Screening Registration for Leader in Charge and COVID Testing requirements for Scouting is available in the Getting Tested FAQs.

Vaccination Status

  • Leaders, adult helpers, and other workers (such as campsite workers, etc) must have their vaccination status recorded in Operoo otherwise they are classified as unvaccinated and are unable to undertake face-to-face Scouting
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a valid medical exemption, you are classified as fully vaccinated. If you are unable to show your vaccination status, you are classified as unvaccinated.
  • It is expected that the requirements for leaders and other adult supporters to be fully vaccinated will cease before the Pandemic Orders expire on July 12 2022.

Further guidance on Vaccination for Scouting is available in the Vaccination Requirements FAQs, and for specific roles in the How Does the Vaccination Mandate Affect…? FAQs

Campsites / Accommodation / Sleepovers

  • It is recommended that all Scouting members (including youth members, young adult members, leaders, adult helpers, parents, etc) should have received a negative COVID test (PCR or Rapid Antigen) within 48 hours prior to attending a Scouting activity that includes sharing a tent, cabin, bunkhouse, etc or to attend a hall sleepover.
  • Leaders and Adult Helpers must have received at least 2 doses of COVID vaccine, or have a medical exemption.
  • Guests attending as part of a public / family booking do not need to show their vaccination status and QR Code check-in is no longer required at campsites.
  • Toilets and/or showers can be shared as long as they are cleaned between bookings.

Further guidance on campsites is available in the Campsites FAQs.

Updated generic COVIDSafe Plans for campsites are available in the COVIDSafe Plans FAQs.

This webpage and associated FAQs are regularly updated to provide the latest Scouts Victoria guidance on current COVID-19 restrictions. Direct email notification is only used for significant changes, and not until the pandemic orders have been published.

For queries about this direction or any other coronavirus related issues, please contact coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au

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