A new briefing prepared by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) provides an interpretation of the Government’s new COVID-19 Winter Plan to help those managing community buildings.
Over the summer months, many of Cambridgeshire’s 280+ village halls have reopened for the enjoyment of their local community. Many of our halls have been re-engaging with their regular user groups and getting things back up and running. Even better, halls like Wisbech St Mary Community Centre in Fenland and Colne Village Hall in Huntingdonshire have hosted events as part of our rural touring programme to bring arts to their community and to encourage people to attend social events once more.
But with the winter months approaching, there are fears that there may be a more pronounced third wave of the virus. Cambridgeshire ACRE is urging halls management committees to take note of the latest government guidance for keeping their users safe.
ACRE’s briefing sets out some practical measures halls can take to address risks when hiring out buildings based on an interpretation of the government’s preferred approach to managing the pandemic over the coming months. This includes keeping spaces well ventilated, encouraging the use of face masks and continued use of Track and Trace QR codes – although none of these are required by law currently.
Lisa Chambers, Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Village Halls Advisor said, “We hope this new briefing will reassure volunteers managing village halls that they can continue to serve their community knowing that they are doing their very best to keep all users safe”.
Any village hall trustees who need specific advice around managing the risks of COVID-19 at their village hall are welcome to contact Lisa for advice. Call 01363 865048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.