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Coronavirus update for managers of village and community halls.  

To reduce social contact, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close: with the stricter government advice on the coronavirus being in force, halls should now be closed until further notice.

The exceptions affecting village and community halls are stated as:

"For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions. Public venues that host blood donation sessions can continue to open temporarily for these services only. A distance of two metres should be maintained as per Public Health England guidelines".  

Halls may host a variety of other essential voluntary or public services, such as community shops, Post Office services, medical surgeries, market stalls which offer essential grocery and food. If you are uncertain about what is classed as an essential service, please contact RAD for further advice.

If your hall is being used to deliver essential services, then managers need to ensure that they have followed all the necessary precautionary measures and are confident that service providers also adhere to the latest government advice. 

ACRE recommends that halls should conduct a thorough risk assessment when deciding whether to close or to offer limited access for essential services. Management decisions should be kept under constant review and properly recorded in the minutes.  

www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/coronavirus-and-village-halls

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