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Meeting Guideline Updates

The safety of our members is our first priority and given COVID-19, that means following GSNENY’s updated 11-17-20 safety guidelines, washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when needed.

NYS is following a microcluster strategy which means regions within NY may be placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone if they have a high number of COVID-19 cases.

GSNENY covers Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Greene, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. Currently, our counties have not been placed in the yellow zone. This keeps GSNENY’s gathering size at 50 people. If any of our counties move into the yellow zone, this will change that county’s gathering size from 50 to 25.

Girl Scouts strive to always be prepared. If any county is placed in the yellow zone, the gathering size in that county may change. If any county is placed in an orange or red zone, that county will need to suspend in-person programming per NYS guidelines. Orange or red zone restrictions will be handled county by county, and will not be applied across the council, unless NYS advises otherwise.  We recommend you to be ready for the possibility that Albany County may be placed into the yellow zone. It is also possible that any county could be placed into one of these zones in the future depending on COVID-19 rates.

As a reminder, GSNENY will give full refunds for any in-person program or property rental for GSNENY events, activities, and properties.

If your troop or service unit happens to cross county lines, meetings will abide by the most restrictive county rules.

Curbside retail and product program delivery will still be permitted in the yellow and orange zone. Troop leaders and volunteers may still arrange contact-less delivery and pick up of supplies with families in the yellow and orange zone. We do not yet have enough information to determine additional impacts of the red zone and are monitoring guidance from NYS. 

In-person programs and events can be a wonderful outlet for our Girls when permitted by NYS, however, they are always optional. There are many ways to participate in GS at home with virtual meetings, badge in a box, and at-home activities. Virtual is the safest option. Always follow your own comfort level, and if you participate in person, please follow all safety guidelines to reduce the risk.

If a county is placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone, and we need to suspend or alter in-person programs, GSNENY will notify all members by email, on our social media pages, update our blog, and website. 

For questions, please contact Member Care  or call 518-489-8110. 

Again, please see our updated Covid-19 Guidance on our website, under Covid-19.  More information can also be found on the NYS Coronavirus Page, here: Microcluster Strategy.

Thank you for your flexibility and your dedication to ensuring safety standards.