Yes, Scout halls can open for program activities and meetings.
1.5m physical distancing should be maintained where possible and gathering limits apply.
1 participant per 4 sqm with no limit to the group size
1 participant per 2 sqm with no limit on the group size where the hall operates with a QR code for electronic records
If applying the 1 person per 2 sqm density quotient, people with a smartphone who are at the hall for longer than 15 minutes should register with the QR code. Youth members who do not have a smartphone can be registered with a QR code by their parent or recorded manually, e.g. using a checklist.
There are a few key things to consider but will be up to each Group’s specific requirements:
Parents must be able to maintain physical distancing while waiting for drop off / pick up – you may need to identify an area where they can wait or queue up, or they may need wait in their car until close to the drop off / pick up time.
Drop off / pick up must take less than 15 minutes otherwise you will need to record all of the parents as being in attendance for the meeting.
It is important that meetings start and end punctually so that parents can time their drop off and pick up and avoid waiting unnecessarily.
Avoid using the same door for entrance and exit if possible – it is quicker and easier if parents come in through one door, pick up their child and the leave through a separate door.
Consider asking a rostered parent to arrive early and help with “crowd control” so not to put additional demands on the Leaders
Whatever process you use, make sure that all parents know about it in advance (and assume that some won’t have read the email!).
Some Groups are considering a recording a video so that parents are aware of the process before arriving on the first night back