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
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:
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.
Guidance for Choirs and Choral activities
Clarification about Face Covering exemption for physical activity in a Village Hall or Community Building –
“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