Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind girls and
volunteers to engage in everyday
preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into a
tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your
- 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
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Wash hands if you do touch.
- Volunteers, girls and parents
should be reminded to make sure temperatures are taken prior to
group interaction to confirm the individual is not running a fever
(100 degrees or over). Members with fever or temperature higher than
100 should skip the in-person gathering until their temperature is
- Parents and volunteers should consider these
screening questions before attending
each Girl Scout meeting or event (updated effective
September 1, 2021):
- Have you or anyone with whom you live
experienced any of the following
symptoms within the past two weeks?
- Have you
or anyone with whom you live experienced any of the following
symptoms over the past 24 hours?
- To your
knowledge, have you been in close, sustained contact (within 6
feet for 15 minutes or more) with anyone showing any of the above-referenced
symptoms, or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
Also, volunteers should include these questions in each email
confirmation they send to parents for meetings and events.
Personal contact. Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even
activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19
from person to person. Refrain from these gestures for the time being.
Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings.
First Aid Supplies. Troop first aid supplies should include
COVID-19 prevention items including 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. 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 (the same guidance
applies to volunteers).
First Aid / CPR Training. Keep skills up-to-date for any
emergency. Troops must have a volunteer with current First Aid/CPR
training to take a field trip.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting.
clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently
touched (e.g., table tops, 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 (concentration, application method and contact
Household bleach is effective as a cleaning agent 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
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
See the CDC’s
website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.