Latest Scouts Updates

This page provides a summary of the latest Scouts NSW updates in relation to COVID-19 and its impact on Scouting activities.

Public health orders can change fast and there will be a delay in updating this information if changes occur outside of normal work hours. If the government announces new requirements over and above Scouting restrictions, it is these government restrictions that will apply. Links to NSW Health ‘What You Can and Can’t Do’ and ‘Case Locations' are provided on the Scouting Guide to COVID-19 Home page here.

Current Restrictions:

New COVID-19 restrictions have come into force with Stay-at-home orders for Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong/Shellharbour, and more general restrictions for regional NSW.

These restrictions will impact on Scout activities accordingly. Scouts will follow the guidance of NSW Health as found on their website.

Scouts have a detailed plan in place for the safe operation of Scouting Activities when restrictions lift – and that is detailed below and will resume after State Government advice changes.

 

Latest Updates

15 July 2021:

Restrictions on Scout meetings and activities:

Following the announcement of the extension of COVID-19 lockdown provisions for the Greater Sydney/Central Coast/Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas, Scouts NSW will follow the advice of NSW Health with the following effect: 

1.In Greater Sydney (including the local government areas of the Central Coast, the City of Shellharbour and the City of Wollongong) until further notice, Scouting activities may only take place by Video Conferencing (g. Teams/ Zoom).

2. In other parts of NSW, Scouting may continue provided that:

a) appropriate physical distancing requirements are complied with;   

b) the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plans (for indoor or outdoor gatherings) have been prepared and that masks are worn by all persons over the age of 12 years  

 3. QR codes (using the Service NSW QR code service) are now mandatory for all indoor and outdoor recreation facilities (from 12 July). Information on setting up a QR code and resources for displaying it at all venues is available here.

28 June 2021:

Following the announcement of further restrictions due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, Scouts NSW will follow the advice of the NSW Health as outlined here, with the stay-at-home notification until 9 July 2021.Gang Shows update:

  • Hornsby Gang Show has unfortunately been cancelled – see the website for more information.
  • Cumberland Gang Show – please see their website for an update

The NSW state office will be following the guidelines with staff working from home and contactable online.

26 June 2021:

New COVID-19 restrictions have come into force with Stay-at-home orders for Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong/Shellharbour, and more general restrictions for regional NSW.

These restrictions will impact on Scout activities accordingly. Scouts will follow the guidance of NSW Health as found on their website.

Scouts have a detailed plan in place for the safe operation of Scouting Activities when restrictions lift – and that is detailed below and will resume after State Government advice changes.

23 June 2021:

The State Government has today, Wednesday 23 June, introduced new restrictions due to the rise in COVID numbers in Sydney. This information is outlined on the NSW Health website.

These restrictions will have obvious impacts on Scouting activity and the advice is as follows:

Training Courses: Because of the rapid development with this outbreak and uncertainties surrounding the next few days, the decision has been made to cancel the following three State-run courses:

  • Scouting Adventure Course – 1st Toongabbie
  • Scouting Essentials Course – 2nd Northmead
  • Scouting Essentials Course – Heathcote Scout Camp

Participants will be contacted with details of rescheduled training dates.

Organisers of any other courses planned for the next week are recommended to review the State government restrictions and act accordingly.

Gang Shows: At the time of writing, Hornsby Gang Show will proceed. However, due to the fast changing situation, please monitor the Gang Show website for updates.

Scouting Activities: We recommend that the organisers of all other Scouting activities (for at least one week from 23 June) follow these guidelines -

  • If participants live or work in one of the listed LGA areas, they cannot travel to Scout activities outside of the Sydney metropolitan area (in line with the government restrictions)
  • All Scouting activities in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mts, Wollongong and Shellharbour need to follow key advice with regards to mask wearing and the four square metre rule.

We recommend that leaders and participants regularly check the NSW Health advice as it may change at short notice.

24 May 2021:

The Scouts NSW COVID-19 task force met recently to review and discuss the NSW Government's guidelines and recommendations for overnight accomodation including camping or bunk rooms.

Following the unchanged NSW Government's advice, Scouts NSW strongly recommends a 1.5 meter spacing between people where feasible. This includes in sleeping accommodations such as tents and bunkrooms.

Scout NSW Guidance for Overnight Activities during COVID-19 has been prepared to assist you, including tent camping, indoors accommodation and the preparation of food.

10 May 2021:

The NSW Premier has announced the extension of COVID-19 restrictions to 12:01am Monday 17 May. See 6 May update below for further information.

 

6 May 2021:

The NSW Premier has announced the temporary tightening of COVID-19 restrictions across the Greater Sydney area including Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains. This comes after the latest cases of community transmission. For a full list of restrictions effective until 12:01am, Monday 10 May click here.

If you have an outdoor or indoor activity scheduled over the coming days, consider keeping youth members in their home Patrols/Units and practice good hygiene and physical distancing measures. Leaders at bases should also maintain social distancing as much as practical.

Leaders and Supporters are advised to follow the NSW Government's rules and guidelines. As we have observed in recent times, restrictions may change without notice depending on case locations so continue to check the NSW Health website. You may be required to respond quickly should circumstances change.

 

31 March 2021:

Overview of Changes

Outdoor Gatherings (Up to 200): Up to 200 people can gather in an outdoor public place such as a park, reserve, beach, garden or public space.

Outdoor gatherings (Greater than 200 and less than 5000): The gathering must comply as a COVID-19 safe outdoor gathering.

A COVID-19 safe outdoor gathering requires the organiser of the outdoor gathering to:

  • have and comply with the relevant COVID-19 safety plan
  • keep a copy of the plan and make it available to an authorised officer or a police officer as requested
  • number of participants is less than 5000 or one person per 2 square metres of space of the premises in which the outdoor gathering is conducted

Singing and Dancing: There are no restrictions on dancing and singing at venues and events including nightclubs, weddings, funerals and memorial services.

For Gang Shows, consideration will need to be given to the venue where rehearsals are taking place to ensure the one person per 2 square metres of space of the premises allows for the numbers of people rehearsing.

Indoor Community Halls (Scout Halls): In a Scout Hall, up to 25 people can gather indoors. The one person per 2 square metres of space rule applies once there are more than 25 people.

Camping and Bunk Accommodation: For information on overnight activities including tent camping, indoors accommodation and the preparation of food please click here.

Updates to the Scouts NSW COVID-19 Webpage: Over the next week, the team will be updating the Scouting Guide to the Coronavirus Webpage to accommodate for rollback of these restrictions.  The best place to find the latest information is at the Latest Scout Updates  and the What You Can Do in NSW page from the Department of Health. Thank you for your patience while the webpage is updated.

Please remember that restrictions may change without notice depending on case locations so check the NSW Health website.

For more information on what you can do in NSW, please visit NSW Health

 

26 February 2021:

From Friday 26 February 2021 the following rules apply;

  • In the Scout Hall – The allowance has been increased to maximum 50 (including leaders) OR 1 person per 2 sqm whichever is less for all locations in NSW.
  • Singing – Singers who are performing indoors have increased to 30, up from five, providing they obey physical distancing requirements.

 

12 February 2021:

From Friday 12 February 2021 the following rules apply;

  • In the Scout Hall – Maximum 30 people (including leaders) OR 1 person per 2 sqm whichever is less. In Regional and rural areas it is maximum 50 OR 1 person per 2 sqm whichever is less.
  • Square metre rule- Generally speaking for any indoor or outdoor Scouting activity it is maximum one person per 2 sqm.
  • Sleeping accommodation – Maximum 1 person per 2sqm AND must be spaced at least 1.5m apart.  This 1.5m distance applies horizontally and vertically so for bunk-style accommodation, only one person can be assigned to each double bunk (exception is made for persons from the same household).

 

29 January 2021:

From Friday 29 January 2021 the following rules apply;

  • Outdoor gatherings – Limited to 50 people. In Regional and rural areas, it may be more so check the NSW Health website for the rules in your area. If your activity is classified as a community sport you can have up to 3,000 people, however you must not exceed one person per 2 sqm. See the Community Sports Section on the Scouting Activities page for more information.
  • Square metre rule - Maximum one person per 4 sqm – indoors and at outdoor events.
  • Physical distancing – adults are to maintain a 1.5 m distance from other people (except in case of emergency).  Whenever a 1.5 m distance is not possible, a mask is recommended.  Youth should also maintain a 1.5 m distance.
  • Singing indoors including choirs is limited to five people.
  • QR codes – required for each venue. See the QR Codes Section on the Scouting Activities page for more information.

 

14 January 2021:

Update regarding latest information to help Leaders prepare for the 2021 Scout Year

 

23 December 2020:

The use of the NSW Health QR code by Scout Groups for indoor activities is strongly encouraged. To find out how to access the QR code, click here.

 

18 December 2020:

The recent outbreak in the Northern Beaches and the various recommendations currently in place and newly announced health orders starting from 5 pm today impacting the Northern Beaches may have implications for Scout Groups or individual Scouting Sections or Patrols/Units who have planned summer activities or events.

Please continue to follow the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Government's current recommendation for the Greater Sydney Area to limit non-essential activity from today until midnight on Wednesday 23 December.

To stay up to date with the latest advice from NSW Health, please use the following link https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations-in-nsw

 

17 December 2020:

The recent outbreak in the Northern Beaches and the various recommendations from NSW Health may have implications for Scout Groups or individual Scouting Sections or Patrols/Units who have planned summer activities or events.

Please continue to monitor media reports and if there is a government recommendation or order impacting the location of your event or activity, please follow the advice of NSW Health.

To stay up to date with the latest advice from NSW Health, please use the following link https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations-in-nsw

 

3 December 2020:

Major announcement regarding the rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions. See update here.

 

26 November 2020:

Beginning 1 December 2020 the maximum number of people able to gather outdoors in public spaces increases from 30 to 50.  Remember, social distancing rules still apply.

 

2 November 2020:

Updates to outdoor and indoor overnight camping from 3 November.

 

20 October 2020:

Announcement regarding increase in maximum number of people able to gather outdoors in public spaces from 20 to 30, beginning 23 October 2020.

 

17 September 2020:

Announcement regarding resumption of limited overnight activities from 25 September 2020

 

31 August 2020:

Announcement regarding day activities for Groups and Rover Crews

 

18 August 2020:

Announcement regarding temporary four week cessation of all overnight Scouting camps and activities (indoors and outdoors), beginning 18 August 2020

 

6 August 2020:

Announcement regarding the maximum number of participants

 

23 July 2020:

Guidance provided on the website in relation to Bunnings sausage sizzles

 

16 July 2020:

Guidance provided regarding managing groups in locations with outbreaks of COVID-19.

 

6 June 2020:

Guidance provided for overnight camping

 

16 June 2020:

Updates to the maximum number of participants (indoors and outdoors)

 

9 June 2020:

Addition of COVID-19 posters

 

28 May 2020:

Website updated to include details for return to limited outdoor face-to-face activities from 1 June

 

27 May 2020:

Website updated to include number of people present at gatherings and guidance regarding the use of equipment