6th January Lockdown – Tier 4 Guidance applies with the addition of the following:

Village Halls and Community Centres must close except for a limited number of exempt activities.

Lockdown effectively put all England into Tier 4  (Click Here) with a few strengthened provisions.

The three key changes  for areas already in Tier 4 are:  

• that all outdoor sports courts and pitches and outdoor gyms have to close 

• that supervised out of school activities for children can only serve children entitled to attend school i.e., vulnerable children and children of critical workers. The list of critical workers is wider than that of the Spring 2020 lockdown and now includes, for example, teachers.

• A ban on sale of takeaway alcohol or through click and collect services. 

So the advice is stay closed unless you are providing essential activities included in the exemptions

Government Guidance for Community Facilities, Grass-roots Sports etc has only been adjusted to show there is now a national lockdown Click Here for Safe Use of Multi Purpose Community Facilities.

If you are providing office workspace in your Hall Click Here


Vaccination Centres – We have received a response from Herts Community NHS Trust which is coordinating Vaccinations.  They have been inundated with offers of possible centres and are currently reviewing locations and venues.  Currently they have enough Vaccination sites but are looking for testing sites across the county.

Watch here for further updates.

Tier 4 – ACRE Information Sheet Click Here

Village Halls and Community Buildings located in Tier 4 Hertfordshire are required to close from Sunday 20th December onwards, except for the exemptions outlined in the Sheet.

The new restrictions are similar to those of the November lockdown. Review is scheduled for 30th December. Further updates will appear here.

For Govt Guidance on Tier 4 Stay At Home Click Here

ACRE Update 16 December

ACRE has published The Information Sheet Version 8 – the Sheet has details of which sections have been changed in the light of recent developments Click Here

For Govt Guidance on Tier 3 Click Here

22 December – Latest update on the Guidance for the Safe use of Multi-Purpose Community Facilities including each Tier Click Here

For those of you being pestered by uniformed youth groups the following applies:

Click Here for Girlguiding

Click Here Scouts

“Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November, the National Youth Agency (NYA) has now issued guidance about what this means for all youth sector activity. From 5 November Scouts and all other youth activities will move to Red readiness level.

This decision by the Government means that there can be no face-to-face activity with young people or adult volunteers. Only online meetings can be delivered until further notice.

We expect these restrictions to last until 2 December, when the lockdown is currently scheduled to end in England.”

Click Here to read more at the National Youth Agency

The Local Restrictions Support Grant LRSG and Additional Restrictions Support Grant ARG have been made available to help businesses currently affected by restrictions. Click below for your local authority information some of which are still in a process of being updated.

Click Here for the GOV.UK Guidance

New local Covid alert levels – Tiers 1,2 & 3

The 3 new Covid alert levels (medium, high and very high) are set out in Govt Guidance Click Here

The following link provides some handy posters which summarise the general position for each area Click Here

Click here for further updates from EMDUK about Group Exercise and current restrictions

Here is some further information and useful links which you may find useful in clarifying responsibilities.

These are some sites which may help with the Ventilation versus Heating problem:

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Click Here for the latest Public Health England guidance for the Hands, Face, Space message. Really useful resources for you to promote and reinforce safe and essential behaviour through social media, email signatures, websites, posters and bulletins

Click Here for Govt Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.

Click Here for ABCD useful guidance for musicians and their choirs.

Click Here for EMD the National Governing Body for Group Exercise

Click Here for Sport England Guidance on the Rule of 6 and Indoor Team Sports

Click Here for Govt FAQs What You Can and Can’t Do

Click Here for What Govt Has Changed on 22 September

Click Here for Guidance for making a Support Bubble

Click Here for Guidance For the Charity Sector including AGMs

The Rule of 6 – extract from the Guidance for the Safe Use of Multi-purpose Community Facilities (section 3c) Updated on the 13 October. Click Here

COVID-secure community facilities are permitted to hold social groups, clubs and activities in groups of no more than 6. Community facilities can host multiple groups of 6, subject to capacity, but groups must not mix socially or form larger groups.

However, we strongly advise that activities where there is a significant likelihood of groups mixing and socialising ( and where it will be difficult to prevent mingling and therefore breaking the law) should not take place in a community facility.

Please Note – ACRE has taken up with MCHLG and others the inappropriate drafting of Section 3c where it suggests WIs, craft activities, veteran groups etc are risky in the context of likely noncompliance with the rules on groups of up to 6. We have pointed out that the risk of noncompliance with the group rules is low, that the risk for these groups is different, that of age and vulnerability and that the confused message is causing groups to close when their members need their socially distanced activities.

Test & Trace – extract from the Guidance for the Safe Use of Multi-purpose Community Facilities (section 2g)

Community centres and village halls which may host a variety of social, recreational and cultural activities, must collect information for all activities and events taking place within the venue. This should be collected by the person who hires the space. The venue must display an official NHS QR code poster which can be used for every activity that takes place there.

Any designated venue that is found not to be compliant with these regulations will be subject to financial penalties. It is vital that relevant venues comply with these regulations to help keep people safe, and to keep businesses open.

Designated venues will need to keep records of customers, visitors and staff for a period of 21 days and make them available when requested by NHS Test and Trace or local public health officials to help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Click Here to find out more about these requirements.

Track and Trace – Organisations that manage it for you

Click Here  for Time to Spare

Click Here  for Secure Check In

Barnham Community Hall in Sussex has produced a short and welcoming video for Village Hall users, including showing their signage, about what to expect and how to conduct themselves when entering and using the Hall.
Click Here

Guidance for Choirs and Choral activities

Click Here

Clarification about Face Covering exemption for physical activity in a Village Hall or Community Building –

The wording that quoted contained in the previous versions of the Govt Legislation and Guidance has now changed (as has been the case on frequent occasions of late) but it is still saying that it may not be advisable for health reasons to wear a face covering whilst engaged in physical exercise and so, where this is taking place in a Village Hall, participants are exempt from wearing face coverings. 
This is from the Guidance 24 September ‘When to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own’ Click Here

“In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

This includes (but is not limited to):

…to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others – including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity” 

and “There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering:

… if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so”

This is covered in the Legislation under “Reasonable excuse” to not wear a face covering Click Here

“(c) … removes their face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to themselves or others;”
However, please be aware that the wearing of face coverings is to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and so your risk assessments should determine, given the level of physical activity, if it is advisable for health reasons for the people involved with the activity to wear them or not. It is still advised to wear face coverings as frequently as possible for all activities other than for the health reasons cited above. Everyone should still be behaving as safely as possible and not looking for reasons not to wear face coverings.
Please get in touch if anything is not clear.

A new, visual reference guide to help those reopening community centres, including village halls, has been published by IF_DO in partnership with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Clarion Futures

Click Here to download the IF_DO Guide

The IF_DO Guide for Safer Churches

Click Here

Coronavirus FAQs on the return of Golf from EnglandGolf.org

Last updated:  Friday 7 August (wearing of face coverings inside golf facilities/clubhouses/shops)  

Click Here

Govt Guidance Update 31 July

The wearing of Face Coverings in Community Centres, which includes Village Halls, will be mandatory in Regulations from 8 August. At the moment people are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where they may come into contact with people not normally met.

In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in the following settings: shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. From 8 August, face coverings will be required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including: museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, community centres and public libraries. For the full list updated 14 August Click Here

Managers of community facilities will have discretion over when they consider it safe to open for any activity permitted by legislation and may decide to remain closed if they are not able to safely follow the advice in the relevant guidance, to make the space COVID-19 secure. For guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities updated 14 August Click Here

Indoor Gyms, Fitness and Dance Studios etc were permitted to be open from 25 July but face coverings are not mandatory in these settings. Guidance states that all forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise except on specific advice from a physician. For guidance for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities updated 13 August Click Here

For The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 Click Here

Use Of Village Halls By Schools – Charity Commission Guidance Click Here

Guidance from the Church of England on conducting Public Worship Click Here

Here is Guidance issued by the Associations for Table Tennis, Badminton and Carpet Bowls.

Table Tennis England Venue layouts Click Here

Table Tennis England Stage 2 Returning to Club Activity Click Here

Table Tennis England Stage 2 Hygiene and Facility Guidance Click Here

Badminton England Guidance to Players Click Here Click Here

English Carpet Bowls Association Coronavirus Guidelines Click Here

RHL Grants – If you have not applied for an RHL Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant then you need to do so as the Chancellor has announced that the Business Grant Schemes will close on 28th August.  We understand that some local authorities may have closed the Scheme already.

Discretionary Grants may still be available but check with your local authority.

Working with Young People and getting their perspectives on Covid-19 lockdown and it’s effect on people and communities

Click Here for Resources to help schools and community groups contribute to Govt Committee inquiry

For Guidance about Weddings Click Here

Keeping Your Hall Covid Secure – a Visual Guide

The Hall Manager at Marston Green Parish Hall near Solihull shared this video with ACRE – You might find it offers some practical visual help in keeping your Hall Covid Secure and helping Hirers to manage their groups and activities safely

Click Here to watch the video

Indoor Sports facilities – Permissible From 25 July

(includes Village Halls and Community Buildings)

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities. Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities Click Here

From 25 July indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoors sports venues and facilities are permitted to open subject to the law and supporting guidance. We are assuming that this includes Pilates and Yoga but there will be restrictions dictated by the available space and group numbers.  Hirers must Risk Assess.

Outdoor Sports Facilities – What facilities are open Click Here

Outdoor sports courts and other outdoor sporting activities have been permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following COVID-19 Secure guidelinesOutdoor gyms, outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds can open, as can clubhouse bars and restaurants. Indoor gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities can open from 25 July. See the indoor facilities guidance.

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

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

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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