Practical information to help village halls reopen published by leading rural charity and CCB’s national network Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the national charity which champions and supports community-led projects and assets in the countryside, has today published comprehensive information that will help village and community halls reopen once government coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
“We know that up and down England village halls support close to 300 different kinds of activities across England and for a busy hall, finding the time between bookings to clean to Covid-19 requirements will be a challenge.”
On Monday 15 June the government changed the rules to permit holding indoor markets in community buildings and it has now been confirmed that village halls can re-open for some activities from 4th July.
Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Rural Evidence and Village Halls Manager said, “Over the past couple of months we have been contacted by numerous volunteers who manage village halls wanting to know how and when they can reopen and help their community recover from Covid19. That’s why we’ve been working with relevant government departments to make sense of the emerging regulations and produce this guidance which is tailored to village halls. I encourage all village halls committees to read this information as it will allow them to put in place measures needed to make their buildings safe for use before they are given the green light to open their doors once again”.
At CCB Kate Meads our Community Building Advisor has put together information and presentations for Village Hall Trustees on Re-opening their village halls post Covid-19 via a webinar. Both sessions are now fully booked but if you have questions concerning this and would like to know more about our Community Buildings Advice membership which offers support and advice with this and many other common enquiries please contact Kate.Meads@ccberks.org.uk.