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A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

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The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions about the virus.

Village halls and similar rural community buildings

On 16th March 2020, the UK Government announced that people should “avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars and clubs”.

Village Hall Management Committees running charitable halls have a duty of care in providing a safe facility for the community to use and should conduct a thorough risk assessment before deciding whether to close the hall or to limit its use. Committee members who are volunteers themselves will need to consider their own personal situations and vulnerabilities alongside the financial and community implications of closing the hall. Some halls provide space for schools and pre-schools that currently remain open.

Government guidance should, of course, be taken into account during the assessment.

Support for your community

Your local ACRE Network member can provide guidance for community groups and will have information about the action being taken locally in rural communities across their respective counties.

Advice for village hall committees considering closure is also available from our members.

The Charity Commission provides guidance on charities and risk management.