ACRE has today the 2nd July updated the Opening Your Hall After Lockdown documents which you can download below (the previous versions have been removed)

Please Note – The information Sheet and its appendices have been issued in anticipation that the coronavirus regulations will be amended by 4th July ready for halls to re-open on Saturday 4 July. ACRE has been working as far as possible with relevant Government departments so that hall managers have confidence they are working to “joined up” guidance. This second Issue aims to provide practical information to assist hall managers to comply with the Government Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities issued on 30th June.

The New Information Sheet and its Appendices have been updated and 2 new Appendices added.

New Information Sheet – Updated o4.07.20 Opening your Hall after Lockdown Click Here

Appendix A: Opening Your Hall after Lockdown – Checklist Click Here

Appendix B: Questionnaire for potential Hirers Click Here

Appendix C: Help Keep This Hall Covid-19 Secure – Poster Click Here

Appendix D: Managing Social Distancing Click Here

Appendix E: Model Hire Agreement – Supplements Click Here

Appendix F: Risk Assessment for Halls Click Here

Appendix G: Risk Assessment for Hirers  Click Here

Appendix H: Covid-19 First Aid Box Suggested Contents List Click Here

Appendix I: Keep Playgrounds and Play Equipment Covid-19 Secure Notice  Click Here

For those Buildings with After School, Breakfast and Holiday Clubs – Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Click Here

Covid-19 Govt Guidance For Businesses – Five Steps to Working Safely Click Here

Published 30 June 2020

COVID-19: Govt Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities Click Here

This Guidance is relevant to and includes Village Halls and Community Buildings

ACRE is updating the New Information Sheet – Opening your Hall after Lockdown which will appear here in due course

For a Covid-19 Legionella Guidance document on Lockdown Risks and Reopening Safely from The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health please Click Here


Also published on 30 June 2020

Govt Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England Click Here

Other Guidance and documents (ACRE and other)

Govt Regulation regarding the re-opening of Public Buildings – update 15th June

The relevant amendment to Health Protection regulations from 15th June and in force until it is subsequently changed reads:

5. (7) A person who is responsible for a community centre must ensure that, during the emergency period, the community centre is closed except where it is used to provide

(a) essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency), or

(b) for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006.

(c) to host an indoor market

“Early years childcare” is defined as in the Childcare Act 2006 and means for children from birth to five years old.

Read the full GOV.UK Guidance Changed on 15 June – CLOSING CERTAIN BUSINESSES AND VENUES IN ENGLAND Click Here

Pre-Schools & Nurseries

ACRE Covid-19 Re-opening Guidance Ref Pre-Schools Click Here

Dept of Education Guidance Re-opening Early Years Settings Click Here

Staying Covid – 19 Secure: Five Steps To Working Together Poster Click Here

ACRE Covid – 19 Briefing 21st May 2020 including Govt Regulations summary Click Here

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