Information to help village halls reopen updated again
by Phillip Vincent,

Information to help village halls reopen updated again

National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published updated information to help village halls reopen in light of new government rules.

England’s 10,000+ village halls are able to open but they must observe various restrictions on what is and isn’t permitted, as well as putting in place Covid Secure measures to ensure social distancing. These complex requirements are being frequently reviewed and updated by the government in light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

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.

UPDATE 16.12.20 - Version 8 of ACRE’s Information Sheet has been updated to take account of the tier regulations which came into effect on 2nd December and are due to remain in force until 3rd February. Changes have been made to Sections 2,4 and Appendices C,D J and K

Update 21.12.20 - For information about Tier 4, please click here

Download the guidance

The following information can be freely used by village halls committees.

Information Sheet - Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure Updated 16.12.20

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls Reviewed 16.12.20

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers Reviewed 16.12.20

For advice and support, as well as Word versions of these resources, please contact your ACRE Network member