Getting Back Together Safely March Update

Date: 2nd Mar 2021 Author: Matt Ellett

England moves to Amber readiness level from 29 March. Following an announcement from the National Youth Agency (NYA), we’re pleased to say that face-to-face meetings in England can restart from Monday 29 March.

From 29 March, we’ll move to Amber, with Groups allowed to meet outdoors in group sizes of 15 plus leaders (5 maximum).

From 12 April, both outdoors and indoors meetings will be allowed in group sizes of 15 plus leaders (5 maximum).

From 12 April, you’ll be allowed to take part in non-residential day trips and visits.

Updates on residentials in the UK and larger group sizes are expected to be announced in the coming months. These dates follow the government’s roadmap ­– they’re subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 restrictions while meeting with your group. If you’ve had an Amber risk assessment approved by your District, this will still be valid – but we’d encourage you to review your risk assessment before meeting again.

If your Amber risk assessment hasn’t been approved yet, we’d recommend you complete one this month, detailing risks for both indoor and outdoor activities. Don’t forget that before meeting face-to-face, all adults will have to have their mandatory safety and safeguarding up to date.

You can view full guidance on the ‘Getting back together safely’ pages.

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