This invaluable guidance looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes for the anticipated re-opening of halls on 6th July. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

ACRE has worked with network members across the country to produce the guidance and has consulted with Government departments to ensure the guidance compliments Government guidance expected to be published next week.

RCCE has kept members up to date throughout the lockdown with regular bulletins and alerts, and the ACRE guidance was immediately emailed to members when received.

Louise Beaton, ACRE’s Community Halls Consultant Adviser said “It’s a huge credit to the volunteers who manage village and community halls that they have been able to manage closure, keep an eye on security and maintenance and now think through the complexity of re-opening halls with multiple meeting spaces of different sizes, for a wide variety of different uses. 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.”

It may be difficult for some village halls to re-open for public use in July because of financial concerns. Many halls rely on bars, cafes, fetes and dances, wedding receptions and private parties to generate income and subsidise community use of the building. It is not yet clear from government whether these more crowded activities will be allowed until later in the year.”

To download the Information Sheet and Risk Assessment documents, please open the links below.

Covid 19 Information Sheet for re-opening halls

Risk Assessment template for hall committees

Risk Assessment template for hirers