|The health and safety of our Scouting family are of the highest importance to us. As you are aware, there is growing concern regarding COVID-19 which is caused by a new coronavirus. As of this moment, there are no confirmed cases in Alabama, but the number of cases continues to grow worldwide. While there are many “unknowns” with this virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified it as a potential public health threat within the United States. The most important thing we as Scouts can do is be informed and remain calm. With that in mind, we are taking the following additional health and safety precautions and recommending precautions for individuals as well.|
Unit safety precautions:
> Make sure that your meeting place is cleaned on a regular schedule, work with your chartered organization to make sure this happens.
> Purchase or make hand sanitizers (greater that 60% alcohol) to be placed at your meeting area, and make sure each Scout frequently washes their hands while on outings or activities.
> We strongly encourage Scouts to refrain from shaking hands during meetings or activities. Instead, please just offer a warm hello or elbow bump.
Health and safety precautions for individuals:
> Wash hands often throughout the day.
> Use alcohol-based (greater than 60%) hand sanitizer several times a day.
> Limit handshakes and hugs. People will understand during this time.
> Cough into your bent elbow rather than hands.
> Use disinfectant wipes to clean and disinfect objects and surfaces such as cell phones, doorknobs, handles, and stair railings.
> Resist the urge to overstock on food and other items, such as masks, sanitizers and even toilet paper. Make sure you are good stewards of limited supplies and remember that others may need these items more than you do.
> Seek medical care quickly if you suspect you have contracted the virus.
> STAY HOME if you are sick.
> Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for up-to-date information about the virus.Again, following the listed precautions is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. We are closely following guidance from the CDC related to the spread of COVID-19. We will continue monitoring the situation and will communicate further information with you as needed. As we say in Scouting, BE PREPARED!