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COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

By July 1, 2020National News

14 September 2020

Revised to reflect changes to upcoming NHS Test and Trace rules and restrictions on social groups gatherings.

Updated 9th September

Amended to reflect up coming changes to rules on social gathering

Revised to reflect changes to restrictions on permitted activities under section 3 and to clarify face covering advice under section 2C.

Updated section 2c: Hygiene and face coverings; and section 3. Permitted activities in multi-use community facilities: signposting to relevant guidance.

Revised 20th July to reflect permission to host small wedding receptions from 1 August 

Updated 15th July to reflect upcoming changes to the rules on wearing face coverings

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance is for those managing multi-use community facilities to prepare for re-opening when restrictions have lifted. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces.

Currently, community centres are closed except where they are used to provide permitted activities as set out in the premises closure guidance.

Many community facilities are also workplaces and those responsible for the premises should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers.

This guidance will be updated as we move into the next step for easing restrictions and when other guidance relevant to multi-use facilities are produced.

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)

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