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Council Provides Updated COVID-19 Guidance

The Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia governors have recently issued or extended Executive Orders to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Therefore, GSCSA is enacting the following temporary policies in response to the state orders:

  • Service Centers: Per the Tennessee Governor’s recommendation to employers, GSCSA service center staff will work remotely from their homes through close of business on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. As previously announced, GSCSA is closed for the Winter Break from December 24, 2020, through January 1, 2021. Our phones, emails, and staff will be available starting at 9:00am on Monday, January 4, 2021, but our buildings will be closed until at least Tuesday, January 19. Retail will be available for curbside and mail orders after January 19, 2021.
  • Emergency Phone Number: The emergency line (1-800-474-1912, option 8) will be answered during the Winter Break, after business hours, and on weekends for non-medical Girl Scout emergencies. 911 should always be called for medical emergencies.
  • Tennessee: In compliance with the Tennessee Executive Order that is currently effective through Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Girl Scout-affiliated in-person gatherings must not include more than 10 persons in an indoor space.
  • Virginia: Virginia troops and service units should continue to follow Virginia state guidance which prohibits in-person gatherings of more than 10 persons in either an indoor or outdoor setting until January 31, 2021.
  • Georgia: Georgia does not allow more than 50 persons to gather unless 6 feet of social distance can be maintained.

In all of our geography, government guidance and regulations change rapidly as more is known about the virus. Troops and service units must (1) follow the most current in-person guidance and regulations enacted by their state/local governments and public health officials and (2) utilize virtual options whenever possible. More detailed guidance regarding best practices for in-person troop meetings and activities can be found on our website.

As Girl Scouts, we will do our part to help end the pandemic.

Yours in Girl Scouting, 


Lynne Lawson Fugate
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians