by Phillip Vincent, ACRE
National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published updated information to help village halls reopen in light of new government guidance.
Since 4 July, England’s 10,000+ village halls have been allowed to reopen. But government rules on social distancing, as well as the activities that are permitted to take place in these community buildings are complicated and frequently changing.
Many village halls are run by local volunteers, most of whom are not familiar with interpreting complex legal guidance. Thankfully, help has been on hand from a network of county-based village halls advisers who have been able to explain the new rules using information sheets prepared by ACRE – CCB is the Berkshire representative.
The charity first published information to help village halls reopen in June and was met with an overwhelmingly appreciative response.
ACRE is continually reviewing the Information Sheet to make sure it is compliant with changing government rules on social distancing.
UPDATE – On 18.09.20 ACRE’s Information Sheet was updated once again to reflect the most recent government rules on social distancing. It confirmed that groups of more than 6 people can meet in village halls provided appropriate social distancing measures are taken. It also provided advice on keeping temporary records of attendees to assist with NHS Track and Trace. Amendments were also made to the appendices, particularly Appendix D.
Download the guidance
The following information can be freely used by village halls committees.
Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers Updated 18.09.20
For advice and support, as well as Word versions of these resources, please contact Kate.Meads@ccberks.org.uk if you are a mamber of Community Building Advice Service. For further information on membership please click here.