Follow the resources
developed by credible public health sources such as CDC or your
local public health department. Share these with girls and volunteers
and ensure that they are practiced during meetings and activities.
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
and temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees. Members with fever or
temperature higher than 98.6 should skip the in-person gathering
until their temperature is normal.
. Hugs, handshakes,
“high-fives,”, shakas, and even activities like the friendship
circle can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Create a safe
way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like
tapping elbows or using the shaka hand sign).
Singing. If you normally close your meetings with a song, make
certain girls and adults are all wearing masks. Singing and shouting
both project germs farther than talking, ask your girls to either hum
their closing song, or sing quietly, and always, of course, with their
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 for girls. 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.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting. Routinely
clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently
touched (i.e., 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 (e.g., concentration, application method and
contact time, etc.).
Household bleach is effective 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.
FDA Warning. The FDA advised consumers (6/19/2020) not
to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in
Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood
alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the
skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products
manufactured by Eskbiochem:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm
Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC:
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75%
Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand
Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced
Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and
should not be used due to its toxic effects. Stay completely away
from sanitizers containing methanol.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing
methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for the
potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.
Face Coverings. Volunteers should remind girls that Girl Scouts
wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect themselves but to
protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign
of caring for the community. Girls can bring their own face
coverings. Have disposable masks on hand for those who need them.
Volunteers can teach girls how
to handle their face coverings so that the coverings are
effective. Some girls or volunteers may not be able to wear masks, due
to medical conditions such as asthma. Contact your council for
guidance on how best to handle these exceptional circumstances as they arise.