National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published updated information to help village halls reopen in light of new government guidance.
Since 4 July, England’s 10,000+ village halls have been allowed to reopen. But government rules on social distancing, as well as the activities that are permitted to take place in these community buildings are complicated and frequently changing.
Many village halls are run by local volunteers, most of whom are not familiar with interpreting complex legal guidance. Thankfully, help has been on hand from a network of county-based village halls advisers who have been able to explain the new rules using information sheets prepared by ACRE.
The charity first published information to help village halls reopen in June and was met with an overwhelmingly appreciative response.
ACRE is continually reviewing the Information Sheet to make sure it is compliant with changing government rules on social distancing.
UPDATE 30.09.20 - We have issued another update to the information sheet (version 7 no less!) to reflect further changes to the government’s regulations including track and trace, posters about face coverings and reduced attendance at weddings and funerals. Appendix M is now included in the main document
UPDATE 30.10.20 - Please note that we are unable to advise on specific local lockdown measures that might impact on your village hall. Your local ACRE Network member may be able to assist, but we strongly recommend you check your Local Authority website for information about your area
Download the guidance
The following information can be freely used by village halls committees.
Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers Updated 18.09.20
For advice and support, as well as Word versions of these resources, please contact your ACRE Network member