COVID-19 Community Buildings

This page contains information specifically for community buildings. 

As we enter the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you will be making plans and putting things in place in order to continue to adapt and reopen your services when it is permitted (after 4th July) and safe to do so. 

With so much change and disruption, it can seem like a daunting task to review all the government guidance and ensure you can safely welcome back your service users into your building.

For many this will include writing new risk assessments, deciding what services can be offered safely, implementing the rules on social distancing in addition to financial planning and looking at the resilience of your organisation in the 'new normal.'

We understand that every building has different circumstances and issues to deal with and we are here to offer tailored information, advice and support to help you through the decision making process.

As part of this support we have produced two useful guides:

A Guide for Community Buildings - Life After Lockdown 

Energy Efficiency Top Tips for Community Buildings

We have also been working alongside our umbrella body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) as part of a national steering group to produce guidance for the reopening of community buildings post COVID-19 closure. The latest versions of these guides can be downloaded below:

Information Sheet - Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure updated 20/07/20

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls updated 20/07/20

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers updated 20/07/20

On 30th June the Government released their 'Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities' document which can be accessed here

This guidance has been produced to support organisations to consider their legal responsibilities under Health and Safety Law and the Health Protection legislation.  It outlines the current thinking on managing the safe reopening of community buildings for specific activities.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss your organisation's circumstances with us, or would like to talk through any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have been working directly with one of our Community Support Team you can contact them in the usual ways or email info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk and your enquiry will be directed to a member of the team. 

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