- In-person gathering is entirely voluntary.
- Troop leaders, with input from their members, will decide on any mask protocols that best work their situations.
- Please review the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory for adults 65 years of age and older and those with underlying medical conditions before voluntarily deciding to participate in any in-person gathering.
- Group size includes the required number of adults pursuant to Safety Activity Checkpoints.
size depends on the current phase or advisory level where the
meeting is taking place.
- In general, group sizes can be larger if gathering outside.
- Groups meeting indoors at a public space, like a community center, should follow the capacity as stated by the venue.
- If meeting inside a home or private residence, the group size should be such that 6 feet can be comfortably maintained among all participants and any additional residents.
Additional Recommended Precautions
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you do touch.
Limited Personal Contact
- Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. For groups that contain individuals who are not fully vaccinated, refrain from these gestures for the time being. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like tapping elbows).
First Aid Supplies
- Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items such as hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and disinfectants.
- Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting and activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure that the trash baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for girls.
- Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive. However, parents should be checking temperatures and allowing their girl(s) to join group activities only when temperatures are normal.
First Aid/CPR Training
- Keep skills up-to-date for any emergency, as required.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (e.g., tabletops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)
- Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours when properly diluted. Check that the bleach is not expired and determine if it can be used on a given surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- To prepare a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
- See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
- Troop leaders, with input from their members, will decide on any mask protocols that work best for their situations.
- If the troop decides to continue wearing masks, have disposable masks on hand for those who need them. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face coverings so that the coverings are effective.