COVID 19 update

From November 23

Scout Halls

  • Halls can open for indoor Scouting and hall hires subject to density limits and physical distancing
  • Halls greater than 80sqm can have 20 participants*
  • Halls and rooms smaller than 80sqm can have 1 participant* per 4 sqm
  • Hall hires have different capacity limits depending on the activity, refer to FAQs
  • Local councils may impose further requirements on opening leased halls

Outdoor Scouting

  • Face-to-face outdoor Scouting can be undertaken as a whole Unit (up to 50 participants*). Units no longer need to be split into Patrols or small groups for outdoor activities.
  • Larger events can go ahead in line with the Public Events Framework. Further information will be provided as it released by the DHHS, but you must obtain prior approval for an event over 50 participants* from coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au.
  • Face masks do not need to be worn outdoors unless physical distancing cannot be achieved for an extended period
  • Overnight camping for one or more nights is permitted in Patrols or small groups of up to 15 participants*. Tents, cabins or bunkhouses can be used and shared amongst the 15 participant group.

Campsites

  • Campsite accommodation can open for tourist bookings, Scout program day and overnight activities in groups of up to 15, no longer limited to members of a household
  • Campsites can open for use by School Camps in line with government guidelines

* Limits for youth program activities only apply to participants and spectators/parents. Those required to run the activity, such as Leaders, adult helpers, trainers, rostered parents, carers, etc are not included in the limits.

Further directions on Scouting during the current Step can be found here:

Generic COVIDSafe Plans for Scouts Victoria activities

These generic COVIDSafe Plans can either be used as is or modified to suit your situation. If you use the generic plans as written, then you must implement the COVIDSafe tasks as described. If you need to edit the COVIDSafe Plan for your own activity, you should also modify the Location/Activity, “Prepared by” and “Date prepared” on the plan.

The following COVIDSafe Plans have been updated to reflect the structure of the Business Victoria COVIDSafe Plan.

Attendance Record

A record must be taken of all people who attend an indoor or outdoor Scouting activity for more than 15 minutes. This includes youth members, Leaders (including visiting District leaders), helpers, carers, parents, visitors, etc.

It is suggested that Groups create a template for each of their Units that is prefilled with youth member and Leader names. A leader or Adult Helper can tick off names as people arrive instead of having to write each name down.

As a member organisation, collecting phone numbers of registered youth members is optional. In the event of a need to provide contact information, this can be provided for the whole Unit from Extranet. Contact Scouts Victoria for assistance if required.

Room Poster

A revised version of the Scouts Victoria Room Poster showing capacity etc is available here.

Further information is available on our FAQs

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

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