Booking Guidelines during covid 19

Initially all booked activities will take place in the main hall, primarily to avoid potential social distancing issues in the narrow back corridor. Users will continue to pay the rate appropriate to their normal venue.

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 has been 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.


On September 9th, in response to increasing levels of infection across the country, new restrictions were announced effective from September 14th.
What has changed

More details are included in the following link.

Certain exemptions exist and these are outlined in section 2.10

1: Gatherings, public spaces, and activities

–  There is a legal limit on the number of people you don’t live with you are able to meet. When meeting with people you don’t live with you can socialise in groups of up to 6.
–  When meeting with people you don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you can socialise in groups of up to 6.
–   you may not interact socially or mingle 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 center or place of worship
–  you may not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing

Private Parties:

currently childrens parties and private parties are not permitted as they would contravene the rule of 6.

Exercise groups:


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 were discouraged but this does not feature in the risk assesment form circulated by BWY
Masks: government guidance permits masks not to be worn-“if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so”

When you do not need to wear a face covering


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.

Dance Classes:

Following the announcement on 9th September regarding the number of people attending a social gathering being reduced to 6, the following guidance was published on the evening of 9th September; Dance schools are in the exempt section.

The following link includes a list of exemptions item 2.10

the following link provides some advice regarding completing a risk assessment

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