Advice for keeping village halls safe this winter
by Phillip Vincent,

Advice for keeping village halls safe this winter

Briefing prepared by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) provides an interpretation of the Government’s new Covid Winter Plan to help those managing community buildings.

Over the summer months, many of England’s 10,000+ village halls have reopened for the enjoyment of their local community. Halls like Warton in Lancashire who hosted a Big Back Together Bash celebrating all of the groups who use the building, and Mickleton Village Hall in County Durham who’ve been holding regular creative workshops with rural touring groups to bring arts to their community.

But with the winter months approaching and fears that there may be a more pronounced third wave of the virus, ACRE is urging halls management committees to take note of the latest government guidance for keeping their users safe.

We hope the briefing we have published today will reassure volunteers managing village halls that they can continue to serve their community in the confidence they are doing their very best to keep everyone safe

The charity’s briefing sets out some practical measures halls can take to address risks when hiring out buildings based on an interpretation of the government’s preferred approach to managing the pandemic over the coming months. This includes keeping spaces well ventilated, encouraging the use of face masks and continued use of Track and Trace QR codes – although none of these are still required by law.

Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Village Halls Manager said, “We hope the briefing we have published today will reassure volunteers managing village halls that they can continue to serve their community in the confidence they are doing their very best to keep everyone safe”.

The Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan - Briefing for village and community halls

Appendix E (Sept 2021)

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Notes to editors

Media contact: Phillip Vincent, p.vincent@acre.org.uk

ACRE’s village halls and information service is supported by a mix of grant funding and corporate sponsorship. The charity is seeking new partners to work with, especially those who are able to offer specialist goods and services to village halls committees.

ACRE is a national charity speaking up for and supporting rural communities. It is the national body of the ACRE Network, England’s largest rural grouping of county-based local development charities which together reach over 35,000 community groups annually, and lever in over £34 million each year in support of rural communities.

Photo credit: Shaw-cum-Donnington Village Hall