Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest

This page provides the latest guidance and advice on how Durham Scouts are responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated as the situation changes

  • Last updated: 2nd December 2020 at 9.45am

Coronavirus and Scouting in Durham

UK Scouting continues to base it's guidance and advice on government health advice, which can be found at

All the latest updates from the UK Scout Association ("HQ") are available here

Note that Scouting is considered an essential service and is often subject to different guidelines than general social distancing guidelines and restrictions.

In accordance with the re-introduction of local tiers from Wednesday 2nd December 2020, all Durham Scout Districts (all located in the local authority areas of Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Darlington and County Durham) are in Tier 3 (Very High). However, in accordance with the corresponding Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport / National Youth Agency guidance for youth groups, Scouting in Durham is aligned with the National (English) Amber Readiness Level and all face-to-face meetings (indoors and outdoors) may resume, subject to social distancing and an approved COVID-safe risk assessment being in place.

The status of individual Scout Districts is shown below.

Readiness Level  Red Amber Yellow Green
Scout District None All Districts None None


Details of our comprehensive framework for safely returning to face-to-face Scouting can be found on the HQ Getting Everyone Back Together pages

The following risk assessment templates (with and without guidance text) can be used by Groups and Units returning to face-to-face meetings.

Risk assessment template (with guidance) v1 (contains all necessary guidance for use)

Risk assessment template (no guidance) v1 (faster to edit)

Scouting from Home:

Groups / Units who cannot return to face-to-face Scouting should continue to deliver Scouting from Home. See our Scouting from Home pages for more details.

Moor House Adventure Centre and Shop:

Moor House Adventure Centre has reopened from 2nd December, to both the public and Scout customers (subject to COVID-safe operations and in line with applicable Tier 3 restrictions). Visit for more details

The County Shop continues to fulfil badge orders by post. Orders for badges only can be made by emailing

Other County Activities, Events and Training:

For the foreseeable future scheduled county meetings will now take place on-line, as will scheduled face-to-face adult training (with the exception of first aid training, which is currently suspended).

We are planning to implement a full calendar of county events and activities in 2021 (modified to comply with applicable restrictions). Please see the county calendar on the website home page for details.

Insurance Updates:

For the latest updates from Unity - the Scout Associations own insurance broker - see Unity Coronavirus Update. For activities and trips insured elsewhere, please contact your broker/insurer directly.