Message from Col Catherine Harrison, Commandant, Greater Manchester ACF
The most recent government guidance places the whole of Greater Manchester Combined Authority in an area where the new Covid-19 variant (sometimes referred to as the Delta variant) is spreading. The guidance advises that we should minimise travel in and out of affected areas and meet outside rather than inside wherever possible. Whilst Greater Manchester ACF is currently operating at 'level 2' in the ACF readiness levels, it is important that we respond to this guidance in a proportionate manner. Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) are therefore, until further notice, restricted from travelling outside of their local authority area on ACF activities.
CFAVs should continue to prepare for the resumption of in-person training and opening of detachments and may, if necessary, visit their detachment as long as it is within the local authority area where they live. Uniform is not to be worn in public spaces. Virtual Cadet activities should continue, and everyone is encouraged to take part. Parents & carers can also find out local information via the cadets detachment Facebook group.
CFAVs are asked to use this time to complete the return-to-training documentation so once restrictions are lifted, we can move quickly to reopen detachments.
I understand the disappointment that will be felt as a result of this direction, but I remain committed to the principle that we should all do our bit to stop the spread of the latest variant. I also remain committed to providing our cadets with a fun and engaging package of activities over the summer and have asked the Training Major, Major Glen Yarr, to progress this at pace.
In the meantime, I encourage you all to follow the government guidance and stay safe.