Updated COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Updated COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Updated COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Please note this information was superseded by the New National Restrictions which look effect on Thursday 5 November and ending on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

The guidance on use of multi-purpose facilities has been updated.

The government updated the guidance on 13 October for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities to reflect upcoming changes to NHS Test and Trace rules and restrictions on social groups gatherings. Please remeber to check local restrictions when reading and implementing this guidance.

To see full guidance click here.   

Please note especially:

  • Sections 2a and 3c – these relate to the ‘rule of 6’… essentially you cannot have more than 6 people together in a bubble in any activity, nor should you allow larger groups to enter/visit together. You can have as many as your facility has capacity for, so long as each bubble of 6 follows social distancing rules (remains 2 metres apart), people wear face masks (see guidance for exemptions) and people don’t mingle between bubbles. Birthday party, large weddings etc hires should not be allowed as they can’t be fully risk assessed.

See below extract from section 3c:
For activities and social groups where there is a significant likelihood of groups mixing and socialising (and where it will be difficult to prevent mingling and therefore breaking the law) should not take place in a community facility.

  • Section 2g – this is a new requirement on community facilities which comes with financial penalties if not complied with.

See extract below:
2g: NHS Test and Trace (collecting attendee data)

Continuing to keep local authority services and community facilities open is reliant on NHS Test and Trace being used to minimise transmission of the virus. In order to ensure that businesses are able to remain open, we are now mandating that these sectors must ask one member of every party who accesses their services to provide their contact details through NHS Test and Trace. You must have a system to ensure that you can collect contact information for your visitors in place.

Many businesses have bookings systems that can be used to effectively collect contact details for their customers, and if you do not already do so, you should do so where appropriate in order to ensure that you are compliant with the new regulations on NHS Test and Trace.

Any local authority service or community facility that is found not to be compliant with these regulations will be subject to financial penalties. It is vital that you comply with these regulations to help keep people safe, and to stay open.

You must also keep records of staff working patterns for a period of 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace contain clusters or outbreaks.



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