Update from our Community Buildings Advisor – Keeping Halls in Berkshire Safe and Well with the ‘rule of 6’

From 14 September, whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of more than 6. This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more than 6 people. Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. Further information on social contact rules, social distancing and the exemptions that exist can be found on the guidance on meeting with others safely. These rules will not apply to workplaces or education settings, alongside other exemptions.

Rules in other venues and activities
Venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host more people in total – such as religious services in places of worship – but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6. When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:

  • follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group – no more than six people unless you all live together (or are in the same support bubble)
  • avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you kn
  • provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme

Our Community Buidings Advisor, Kate Meads, explains: “My understanding is that you can carry on as described above, but it seems sensible to reiterate to your hirers the need for social distancing and, more importantly, that they ensure that their attendee are in groups of less than 6 if it is necessary to be in groups at all. Hirers also need to understand that they must take names and telephone numbers of attendees for Track & Trace purposes and be able to notify the hirer if there are any positive Covid cases among their clients.”

Some useful guidance:

Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities


If you are involved with running a Community Building and would like to receive regular updates and support from Kate please contact Kate.Meads@ccberks.org.uk to learn more about our CBAS membership service.

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