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COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

By July 1, 2020National News

Updated to reflect 4 January announcement of national lockdown for all England.

This information is for those managing council buildings. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces, in line with the government’s roadmap to ease the existing measures to tackle COVID-19.

Each council will need to apply relevant guidance locally depending on circumstances, including its size and type of activities, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated. This guidance applies to all users of council buildings including visitors attending meetings or council buildings, and councillors working from council buildings.

Operators of council buildings will have discretion over when they consider it safe to open for activity permitted by legislation and may decide to remain closed at this stage if they are not able to safely facilitate the relevant guidelines.

Many council buildings are also workplaces and should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers. The government is clear that no one should feel obliged to work in a workplace they consider to be unsafe. Individuals who are shielding should continue to follow the government’s advice on shielding.

For more information go to the Government website

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