The government’s advice on volunteering during Lockdown 2.0 has been updated.
Volunteers should not be attending the workplace if the venue has been forced to close, which applies to all museums and galleries until 2 December 2020.
The guidance will be reviewed to apply to the Tiered systems coming into place on the 3 December, which we will include if available in the next edition of our newsletter on the 1 December.
Who can volunteer
Anyone can volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are restrictions on where and how volunteer roles can be completed.
People who can volunteer from home should do so. Read NCVO guidance on supporting your volunteers to volunteer from home.
People can volunteer outside their home, including within a workplace, if:
- they are unable to volunteer from home
- they don’t need to self-isolate
- they are not classified as clinically extremely vulnerable
- they follow social distancing guidance, or COVID-secure guidance if volunteering in a workplace
- their workplace has not been ordered to close, if the role takes place within a workplace
This also applies to people who are clinically vulnerable, including those 70 and over. As people in these groups could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, they should be especially careful and may need additional support to follow social distancing rules and minimise contact with others.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people who wish to volunteer should volunteer from home. They are advised to not volunteer outside their home.
It should always be a volunteer’s personal choice whether they wish to volunteer, including outside their home. A volunteer should not be compelled to volunteer outside their home by their organisation or group.