Covid-19 Council Update

Council Operations

Dear Connecticut Rivers Council Scouting Families & Volunteers:

Council: The Connecticut Rivers Council is responding to concerns related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following recommendations of both national and state Departments of Health, and local Healthcare officials, and we are doing our part in trying to limit the spread of the virus. Effective Friday, November 6th 2020;  Connecticut Rivers Council COVID-19 Update.  With Governor Lamont’s announcement this week of rolling back to Phase 2.1, we have received many questions regarding how this affects Scouting activities. Below is our latest guidance.

  1. Per the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen), activities planned for this weekend – November 6-8 – may continue.
  2. Effective Monday, November 9th, all overnight Scouting activities must cease in order to comply with the Governor’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew.
  3. Scouting event capacities are now 25 indoors and 50 outdoors. If the event is being held at someone’s residence, the capacity is 10, regardless if indoor our outdoor. https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen
  4. All Indoor meetings must be in compliance with this document: CRC Policy for Indoor Meetings
  5. All other COVID-19 protocols are still in place. Masks AND social distancing are required during all activities, and there can be no shared food.
  6. If your town is coded red as a COVID-19 hot spot, no in-person indoor meetings are permitted until your town is no longer on the list. Please consult the State of Connecticut COVID-19 information website for a map of affected towns: CT Hot Spot map

We appreciate how difficult planning activities can be when a target is moving.  Compliance with the Governor’s requirements is critical, and we continue to ask you to err on the side of caution with all events and activities.  Safety of our Scouts, leaders, and their families is paramount.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued an alert for the Town of East Hartford as a result of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.  In response, we’ve asked our staff to work remotely as much as possible until further notice.  Additionally, the office is open on an appointment-only basis.  At this time, the Scout Shop is still open for their normal business hours.

We also request when applicable, business still be conducted via email and phone as much as possible. We anticipate that most members’ needs can be well-served without the need to visit the main office. The contacts for our staff can be found here https://ctscouting.org/staff-directory/

Thank you for your flexibility and for considering the health and safety of our staff, members and visitors. We are here to serve you and look forward to assisting with any needs that you have.

UnitsAs of Nov 6th , the current situation is very fluid and is subject to change based on the Governor’s executive orders as well as changes in the pandemic.  If units can follow all of the state guidelines and the National Restart Scouting checklist they can run meetings and activities. Please inform your chartering org of your camping and activity plans. Also please use our pre-activity questionnaire to help with assessment.   

Please follow the guidelines from the Council’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee: *Please note these apply only when the curfew is lifted for camping and if your town is not in a red zone for in-person meetings. Until then the above measures and from this email from Nov 6th are the current and most up to date guidelines.

1.    Remember all aspects of youth protection.

2.   Current outdoor group size limits is 50 people, the current indoor limit is 25 people.  If your town is color-coded red (15 or more cases per 100,000), no in-person indoor meetings are allowed. You can check out the indoor policy HERE

3.    No participants can show evidence of any aspect of illness, nor have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last two weeks. Taking temperatures is required on a daily basis (no participation over 100F).

4.   Updated Carpooling guidelines  click HERE!    

   5.  All unit leaders, please familiarize yourself with the current Covid-19 notification protocol in the event that someone from you unit tests positive or is potentially exposed to the virus.  See updated notification protocol HERE!

6.   No shared food or drink, for example no buffet service or family style.  If someone from the unit is cooking than that person needs to plate the food for each participant.  We recommend individually packaged condiments and anything you can purchase individually packaged.  

7.    Only one person per tent when camping 

8.    Units must be prepared to, and thoroughly disinfect bathrooms between uses.

9.    Masks must be worn at all times, except while eating.

10.   Any adult or youth becoming ill during the trip needs to be treated as a medical emergency.

11. If you are unsure of any answer on the questionnaire please always err on the side of caution. 

12.   Please use the health screening prior to departure. Units are required to use the pre-event    screening check list provided by the National office:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-057.pdf

And the re-start scouting check list:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-693.pdf

Before going on an overnight, ask yourself and event leaders this:

  • Can we meet all of the criteria in the checklist?
  • Are parents of participants comfortable with their Scouts proceeding as planned?
  • Is your chartered organization ready to approve your Troop’s participation in this event?

For more information on State Covid-19 Guidelines check the link below for the State of Connecticut advisory. 

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

For updated Covid-19 data tracker per town and to learn if your town is in a redzone click the below link.

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker

As we learn more information from government agencies, we will keep you updated.  Please stay current with CDC & local Health Department guidelines as they may change rapidly in the future. Check back to the Connecticut Rivers Council Facebook page, sign up for our newsletter the CT Scouter, and here on the Council website.

If you have a Scout or Scouter that has been exposed to Covid-19 or you know of a new miss, please fill out the BSA incident report.  It can be found HERE 

Scout Shop

With the Scout Shop also reopening their guidelines and procedures are outlined on the Scout Shop page which can be found HERE!