The Government has issued new guidance to help community groups and charities in England understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the second national lockdown.
Issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the guidance makes a number of key points, including that volunteers are exempt from the rule about mixing with other households.
According to the new guidance, 'while volunteering, people can meet in groups of any size from different households, indoors or outdoors. However, volunteers should be especially careful to follow social distancing guidelines and follow the Hands, Face, Space rule. The guidance also notes that 'when volunteering in a workplace or where social distancing is difficult, then a workplace must be Covid secure'. Further information about how to make a workplace Covid secure is included in the guidance.
Another key recommendation is that 'where possible, people who can volunteer from home should do so.' People can volunteer outside their home, including in a workplace but only if they do not need to self-isolate, are not classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, follow social distancing guidelines and their workplace has not been ordered to close.
To read the guidance in full, please visit the Government website.