Amid the gradually stabilized pandemic situation, for the sake of health safety of Scout members, we encourage members to continue to conduct meetings, activities and training through online and other virtual means. Also, the Association has effect the following arrangements:
1. Adult members: Scout units concerned, having regard to their needs and situations, can resume face-to-face activities and trainings starting from 10 April;
2. Venture and Rover Scouts: Scout units concerned, having regard to their needs and situations, can resume face-to-face Group meetings, activities and trainings starting from 10 April;
3. Scout, Cub Scout and Grasshopper Scouts: Face-to-face Group meetings, activities and training continue to be suspended.
Scout units concerned are required to strictly follow the prevention measures and observe the followings:
1. Assessments on pandemic situation, risks of COVID-19 spreading, precautionary measures, venue facilities and ratio of participants, etc shall be conducted in organizing activities.
2. Arrangement of scout activities shall strictly adhere to the requirements stipulated under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation including but not limited to maximum number of people allowed at a group gathering in public place, social distancing and restriction on meal arrangement, AND requirements of the activity venues concerned.
3. Scout activity shall as far as possible be a half-day event. If the activity has to be a full-day event, the activity in-charge shall make proper and suitable arrangements to avoid participants taking meals together.
4. Participants shall be requested to complete the Health Declaration Form (Appendix) before commencement of the activity and also to first check their own body temperatures before leaving home for the activity. Those with fever or respiratory symptoms should not go for the activity and are urged to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Should there be changes after the declaration, participants concerned should report to the leaders as soon as possible.
5. The activity in-charge shall arrange to check the body temperatures of participants before they enter the activity venue. Those with the said symptoms should not be allowed to attend the activity.
6. Participants shall take precautionary measures including but not limited to wearing masks and keeping hands clean.
7. The activity in-charge has to reserve some contingent masks and provide hand hygiene products (e.g. liquid soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer) to meet ad-hoc needs.
The Association will keep reviewing the above arrangements on scout activities, and may consider resuming face-to-face scout activities of Scout, Cub Scout and Grasshopper Scouts in phases in May. Updated arrangements will be announced through the website.