Community Buildings - Get Ready to Re-open!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Legislation to allow community buildings to open for use by a pre-school was laid before Parliament on 1 June and is now in force.  National ACRE has produced detailed guidance for community buildings and village halls setting out the steps which need to be taken to re-open to accommodate early years childcare (meaning childcare for children from birth to five years old).

Community buildings are also permitted to be open to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency).

Community centres and halls must still remain closed to the public for all other activities.

Those community buildings which do not accommodate a pre-school should nonetheless also start preparations for re-opening, as it is likely that they will be allowed to do so on 4 July.  This is provided they meet Covid-19 guidelines including with regard to social distancing. National ACRE’s guidance for halls preparing to re-open for pre-schools (above) contains a useful checklist (see section 5).

Meanwhile, keep checking Government updates e.g. BEIS has issued the following guidance “Working safely during coronavirus”.

For further help or information please contact our Community Facilities Adviser: [email protected]

Go to the Village Halls tab to find further information for community buildings during the coronavirus emergency.