The first easing of restrictions following lockdown, including permission to re-open village halls and community centers, occurred on 4th July. A further lifting of restrictions was published on 31st July. click to view
The hall is being prepared and made as safe as possible in line with current recommendations but there are also additional responsibilities for hirers to ensure that all hall users remain safe. Information for hirers is posted here including special conditions of hire as well as an example of a risk assessement which need to be completed before booking activities in the hall.
Certain activities are still prohibited.
Currently it is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. This can include weddings and funerals (which we advise should be limited to no more than 30 people), religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups. (sic) will be able to hold more than 30 people, subject to their own capacity limits, although any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with – so in a group no larger than two households or six people if outdoors.
Currently, regulations affecting the type of activity permitted within the village hall, from which the above paragraph is taken, is found in
1: Gatherings, public spaces, and activities
You should not:
– socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
– socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
– interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
– hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
currently childrens parties and private parties are not permitted as they would contravene section 4
unless only two family groups are involved.
badminton is currently prohibited:
indoor yoga classes are permitted
advice from the british wheel of yoga advises
The Government guidelines are in the process of being updated, but in the interim:
* Gyms and health clubs are now allowed to open (probable date will be mid-July)
* 2 metre rule for social distancing reduced to 1 metre (HRVH advocates 2 meters for all indoor activities)
* Community centres in England can open from 4th July
* Indoor classes on carpeted floors are still not permitted
statement from British Bridge Union
….we are unable currently to advise that even with mitigating actions, Bridge Clubs can generally re-open to run face-to-face games that comply with the regulations.