COVID-19 Resuming GB community group activities – guidance

Policies and guidance

There have been a range of COVID-19 guidance documents with regard to activities and GB has reviewed these to produce GB’s guidance for resuming face-to-face activities. 

We’re currently operating at the Yellow Readiness Level in England and the Amber Readiness Level in Wales.

 

UPDATE 18/5/2021:

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have confirmed that from Monday, 17 May 2021, GB groups in England can move to the Yellow Readiness Level for activities inside as well as outside. The following are changes to our guidance:

  • For groups that are made up of over 18s or contain under and over 18s, you may now meet in fixed groups of 30 plus leaders. You should follow GB’s guidance to ensure you remain COVID-19 secure. Any group containing over 18s young people can’t mix with any other group. However, you’ll need to ensure that your group(s) can safely meet in your venue and continue to meet all COVID-19 secure requirements including 2m social distancing, hygiene requirements, and the use of face coverings for those 11 years and older, as well as maintaining safe ratios of leaders to young people. Groups should be kept as consistent as possible. If you feel more comfortable sticking to the previous limit of 15 plus leaders then please do so.
  • Residential events for Duke of Edinburgh’s expeditions are now permitted. These must be in small groups of six including leaders and helpers. Groups must not interact with any other group whilst on the expedition and lateral flow tests will be required for all group members.

We don’t know at this stage whether we’ll move to the Green Readiness Level on 21 June, nor what guidance may still be in place, particularly for residential activities, so please don’t make any bookings until guidelines are in place and GB confirms that non-DofE residential events can take place.


UPDATE 4/5/2021:

From Monday, 3 May 2021, GB groups in Wales can move to the Amber Readiness Level for activities inside as well as outside. This means that from this date GB groups may resume face-to-face activities inside or outside, in line with GB’s COVID-19 guidance. The Welsh government have advised of the following guidance for indoor meetings:

  • For groups that are made up of under 18s i.e. those who were 17 or under at the start of the school year (before 31.8.2020), there are no constraints on group sizes. However, you will need to ensure that your groups can safely meet in your venue and continue to meet all COVID-19 secure requirements including 2m social distancing, hygiene requirements, and the use of face coverings for those 11 years and older, as well as maintaining safe ratios of leaders to young people. Groups should be kept as consistent as possible. If you feel more comfortable sticking to the previous limit of 15 plus leaders then please do so.
  • For groups that are made up of over 18s or contain under and over 18s, you should continue to meet in fixed groups of 15 indoors or 30 outdoors plus leaders. You should follow GB’s guidance to ensure you remain COVID-19 secure.
  • You should also try to undertake as much of the activity outdoors as is practicable. While activities can restart outdoors, organisers should remember that virtual meetings are still safer and should continue to be used where possible.

UPDATE 9/4/2021:

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have confirmed that from Monday, 12 April 2021, GB groups in England can move to the Amber Readiness Level for activities inside as well as outside. This means that from this date GB groups may resume face-to-face activities inside or outside, in line with GB’s COVID-19 guidance. The NYA have advised of the following changes to the guidance for indoor meetings:

  • For groups that are made up of under 18s i.e. those who were 17 or under at the start of the school year (before 31.8.2020), there are no constraints on group sizes. However, you will need to ensure that your groups can safely meet in your venue and continue to meet all COVID-19 secure requirements including 2m social distancing, hygiene requirements, and the use of face coverings for those 11 years and older, as well as maintaining safe ratios of leaders to young people. Groups should be kept as consistent as possible. If you feel more comfortable sticking to the previous limit of 15 plus leaders then please do so.
  • For groups that are made up of over 18s or contain under and over 18s, you should continue to meet in fixed groups of 15 plus leaders. You should follow GB’s guidance to ensure you remain COVID-19 secure. Any group containing over 18s young people can not mix with any other group.
  • Leaders may move between rooms/bubbles if required to safeguard young people, manage behaviour, or provide assistance. But this should be avoided if possible.
  • Local day trips and visits are permitted but should only take place if planned outcomes can’t be achieved through other means. They should be kept as minimal and short as possible. If you’re visiting an outside activity or venue, you’ll need to ensure you comply with any requirements they set around group size etc., which may be smaller than the size of group you’re working with.
  • Residential Events aren’t permitted.

Guidance on how to meet safely, along with risk assessments and the steps we would expect groups to take to resume face-to-face activities is available to download below. Please make sure you’re always working from the latest version of this guidance and that your COVID-19 checklist Part One and risk assessment has been approved by the GB Support Centre.

This allows time for groups to discuss with their leadership team, their church and to brief parents/carers on the steps that will be taken to ensure the safety of their children when activities do resume.​

All GB community group Team Leaders and District Team Leaders are expected to read this guidance.


Guidance webinar – September 2020

Below is a recording of our webinar training – please note this doesn’t include the updates that have been made to our guidance, these can be found in the documents below.


Guidance webinar – April 2021

COVID-19 update slides

Guidance webinar – April 2021

 

Resources

Guidance pack

Delivering an evening’s programme risk assessment

Residential events risk assessment

FAQs

Template letter to parents/carers (PDF)

Template letter to parents/carers (Word doc)

Check out this video clip from GB’s President Rachel Gardner sharing her support for GB leaders as lockdown eases. 

 

 

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