Changes to the Government guidance on volunteering

From 29 March there will be important changes to the Government guidance on volunteering.  This is part of Step B in the ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’.

People will no longer be legally required to stay at home, meaning people will no longer be legally required to undertake their volunteer role from home unless they cannot reasonably do so.

From 29 March forward, people should continue to volunteer from home where possible and they can leave home to volunteer if they are not required to self-isolate for any reason.

  • People can meet in groups of any size, indoors or outdoors, while volunteering.
  • Volunteering which cannot be done from home can continue in closed business or venue while it remains closed to the public.
  • Businesses/venues, community centres and libraries which are otherwise required to close or restrict their activities are permitted to open and be used, including by volunteers, for a number of specific purposes.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs and holiday lets, which are otherwise ordered to close, are permitted to open for people who need to stay for volunteering purposes.

As ever, people should follow social distancing guidance while volunteering outside the home, or COVID-secure guidance if in a workplace. While travelling to volunteer or while volunteering, people should follow safer travel guidance.

This is a summary of the changes. For additional information please visit the government website.

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