Covid-19 Information for Village Halls

Re-opening after Lockdown - Guidance

National ACRE has produced a comprehensive information sheet for community buildings reopening after lockdown.  Now in its 8th iteration (dated 16.12.20), it provides invaluable guidance for hall committees about how to make community buildings Covid-19 secure, including (for example) carrying out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Go to ACRE's website to download a copy of the information sheet together with Covid-19 risk assessments for halls and hirers.

If you manage a community building and would like further help, please contact our Community Facilities Adviser [email protected]

Lockdown - 5 January 2021

On 5 January, community buildings in England were required to close apart from a limited number of permitted activities.  We have produced guidance to help management committees during the lockdown.  The guidance includes information about financial support for village halls.

In addition, you can read the Government's guidance - "National Lockdown: Stay at Home" - in full here.

Charity Commission - Covid 19 Guidance

The Charity Commission has produced guidance to help charities during Covid-19.  It includes guidance about cancelling or postponing AGMs and other meetings.

Expanded Retail Discount – Extension of Business Rates Relief

The Expanded Retail Discount, part of the Government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic, means charitable village halls will automatically be entitled to 100% business rates relief for the year 2020-21.  If you need to check whether your hall is getting this relief, contact the Business Rates Department of your local authority.  Read more about the Expanded Retail Discount.