Symptoms or confirmed cases in your unit

What to do if someone in your unit is showing symptoms or get a positive Covid-19 test result

We're all doing everything we can to reduce the risk of catching Covid-19.

Updated 6 October 2021

But it's possible that people in your local guiding community will catch the virus.

You should always follow local government guidelines, including testing and self-isolating to manage the risks. If you’re unsure about anything see our up-to-date coronavirus information or speak to your commissioner.

What should I do?

If a young member is told to self-isolate?

Anyone told to self-isolate must stay home and not come to any in-person meetings or events, even if they've had a negative test result. Other members of your unit do not need to isolate, unless they're told to by a contact tracing service.

If a girl or adult has Covid-19 symptoms

Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 must not attend any in-person unit meetings or events. They should get a PCR test. If the result is positive, they need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

If someone had a confirmed case of Covid-19

If a coronavirus test comes back positive the volunteer or young member must self-isolate and follow the instructions of their national contact tracing service.

Everyone who's been at a meeting with them - leaders, young members, volunteers and any visitors - should follow the advice of the contact tracing service. They'll let you know if there's you've had close contact and if you need to self-isolate. This will depend on your age and if you've been vaccinated.

Guidance for the four nations can be found here: EnglandScotlandWalesNorthern Ireland.

Remember, the Girlguiding risk assessment documents are templates. They are not updated when legislation and guidance changes. If you need to, you can edit them to make sure they match the advice in your area.

If you hire your meeting venue, you should let the property management know that there's been a positive test result, and then follow government guidance. You should also tell parents, carers and other volunteers, even if they don't need to self-isolate, so that they can make an informed choice about getting tested.

If you are contacted by a contact tracing service

If a member has tested positive soon after attending a unit meeting, you may be contacted by your nations’ contact tracing service (For example, in England this would be Test and Trace.) They might ask you for information about who else was at the meeting.

This is why it’s important to make sure GO records and registration details are correct for every meeting and registers are kept for a month. For under 18s, give their parent’s or carer’s contact details rather than the young member’s.

It's unlikely that your whole unit will need to isolate, but details should be kept up to date just in case.

If a household member tests positive

You might not need to self-isolate if someone in your household catches Covid-19. It will depend on your age and if you've been vaccinated. Check the guidance for your nation.

Anyone who does not need to self-isolate can attend Girlguiding meetings and activities as usual. They will need to isolate if they start to show coronavirus symptoms.

If anyone in your unit is high risk or clinically vulnerable, you should tell them about any confirmed household cases so that they can make an informed choice about going to meetings when there’s a potential risk.