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 (e.g. Teams/ Zoom) because of the Direction of the Minister in Clause 20 of the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 that a person must not, without reasonable excuse be away from their place of residence.
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 in accordance with the Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order (No 2) and is in the possession of the organiser and that masks are worn by all persons over the age of 12 years (as required by Clause 17 of Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021) – YES, even outside!
c) There is detailed information on Scouts’ COVID-19 Safe policies and procedures, and resources here.
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.