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Covid-19 Information for Village Halls and Community Buildings

Re-opening of Village Halls and Community Buildings.

LAST UPDATED: 1st October 2020

As you are aware, there has been information from Government around the ‘rule of 6’. This has understandably caused some concern amongst you as to whether you will be able to deliver your planned activities. The ACRE information sheet will not be updated until next week- as soon as I receive it, I will send out the email notification.

However, the Government guidance on ‘the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities’ has been updated:  See link below

It states: ‘Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6’.

You will also need to ensure that you have in place a system for keeping contact details of people that attend the venue, as this now becomes mandatory.

As I stated, this is advice from Government, with the ACRE guidance documents being updated and sent out next week. Hopefully, this should allay any concerns that you have and to those that have emailed me over the last day or two regarding this issue, this should hopefully answer your question. 

The guidance documents below provide information on the safe re-opening of village halls and community buildings; making sure the hall is Covid-19 secure. By working together, this will hopefully make the future working arrangements as effective as possible with the least amount of disruption to activities.

Included is a checklist for management committees to work through, to help them re-open safely taking into consideration the various elements that will need to be addressed; as well as risk assessment templates for hall committees and hirers to complete.

We appreciate that this new way of working may seem a bit daunting for committees and hirers, but by following the guidance it should make it as seamless as possible

Protective measures for holiday or after school clubs and other out of school settingsOpens a external web page
Guidance from Government regarding the safe use of multi-purpose community facilitiesOpens a external web page
Guidance from Government regarding managing playgrounds and outdoor gymsOpens a external web page
NALC- information for Local (Parish and Town) Councils – CoronavirusOpens a external web page
Risk assessment for play areas and outside gymsOpens a external web page
Guidance from The Church of England on their Covid-19 Advice on the conduct of public worshipOpens a external web page
Guidance from Government regarding outdoor performing arts activities permitted to resumeOpens a external web page
Government advice for the charity sectorOpens a external web page
Government advice regarding the wearing of face masksOpens a external web page
Guidance from Active Suffolk regarding physical activity, sport and recreationOpens a external web page
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do Opens a external web page

Rearranging your hall in a safe and effective way

A new document developed in partnership by ACRE, Clarion and IF_DO architects on how you can re-arrange your hall, to safely re-open taking into account social distancing measures and other considerations.

Find the document hereOpens a external web page

Staff: Job Retention Scheme

The Government Job Retention Scheme was introduced due to COVID-19. This scheme allows charities and businesses to put employees who would otherwise be unemployed because of the coronavirus on ‘Furlough’. Employers have access to Government support to continue paying part of these furloughed employees’ salaries and potentially protect the employees from redundancy.

However, this scheme closes on the 31st October 2020.

Please click on the link for updated guidance related to the scheme:

As information is changing frequently, we recommend that you check the website for updates.

The Job Support Scheme

‘The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.

The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.

The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped.

Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria’.

(HM Treasurey, 2020, ‘Job Support Scheme. [Accessed 2nd October 2020]. Available from:

Please read the linked factsheet for further information: