Updated May 30, 2021
On May 28, 2021, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 05.28.21.02 effective May 31, 2021 and continuing until June 15, 2021 (“Order”). As discussed below, the Order allows Scouting to return to normal operations.
- Under the new Order, the restrictions on gatherings, wearing of masks, social distancing, etc. have been eliminated in Georgia for events such as scouting. For example, masks are not required at meetings, outdoor events, campouts, etc. There are no group size restrictions that apply to meetings, campouts, etc. Social distancing is no longer required in scouting events.
- Governor Kemp noted the restrictions were removed from events such as scouting because of declining hospitalizations, declining percentage of positive tests and declining deaths due to the increasing availability of vaccinations and public awareness of COVID-19 mitigation measures.
- As practical and to maintain this positive direction, please continue following practices that promote good health. For example, frequent washing of hands and Covid screening questionnaires remain desirable, as practical.
- Of importance, we recognize that individuals are not the same. Parents of scout participants and adult volunteers may voluntarily wear masks or take other preventative measures. We respect and support an individual’s desires to take such actions.
- Please be aware that chartered organizations may still impose more restrictive guidelines. For example, if a chartered organization mandates wearing masks while meeting at the chartered organization’s facility, the unit must honor such restrictions while meeting in the facility.
- Please be aware that as your unit travels out of state, different health care guidelines may apply.
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER
While health care indicators are improving, be aware that we live in a world where potential for COVID-19 exposure remains. Please use common sense.
We are delighted that scout meetings and events can return to a more normal state. Be aware that health care guidelines applicable to our summer camps will be shared with units attending the camps. Such guidelines continue to evolve. Please also remember that scouts are good citizens in our communities. Businesses and organizations in our communities may have different restrictions – and we honor such restrictions. Finally, be aware the Order continues to impose some restrictions in non-scouting areas – such as long-term care facilities.
Please enjoy your summer scouting events and experiences. Be safe. Be kind.
Northeast Georgia Council, Key Three
Craig Pett, Council President
Carter Wood, Council Commissioner
Trip Selman, Scout Executive
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