One idea floated around our unit is the use of online tools (e.g. Facetime, Google Duo) to have scouts virtually teach/demonstrate skills that are amenable to such (e.g. identifying the parts of a compass, orienting a map). This still requires 2-deep leadership, no one-on-one, etc, but may allow units who can’t meet physically for whatever reason to meet virtually, and at least maintain some degree of scouting activity. Similarly, scouts could take video of themselves explaining/demonstrating skills, and then provide links to adult leaders/senior scouts for review and sign-off in Scoutbook. Again, YP guidelines obviously apply.
As public guidance evolves, patrols might be able to have small group activities, although at the moment the guidance in our area is recommending a minimum 6 ft clearance between people who are “gathered” and county public heath orders have prohibited all gatherings > 250 people. In principle, a patrol-sized group of scouts and leaders on a hike could readily maintain 6 ft of clear distance, so long as no incidents (e.g. injuries) occur. However, it’s hard to maintain recommended hygiene practices (e.g. handwashing immediately following sneezing, avoiding touching face, etc) without some pretty significant efforts beyond the norm. For those of us with glasses, touching our face to push them back into place is nearly unconscious. I’ve done it twice just while I’ve been sitting here.
Unfortunately, there have been crazy runs on supplies (e.g. toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bottled water) in our area that make it pretty difficult to maintain some routine alternative sanitary practices (e.g. hand sanitizer on the trail in lieu of handwashing). Costco hasn’t had TP in over a week, and bottled water is hard to find in some areas. You’d think there was a hurricane coming or that the water system was contaminated. sigh