COVID-19 Community Buildings

We are constantly reviewing our guidance in the light of local and national announcements; as we learn more or should the situation change, we will update our information pages. 

This page contains information specifically for community buildings. 

As we are learning to live with Covid-19, those running community buildings are continuing to face a range of challenges as they try to continue supporting people whilst keeping them safe.

The month-long lockdown from Thursday 5th November - Wednesday 2nd December appears likely to require community buildings to close except for where they are delivering essential services or undertaking permitted activity as outlined within the new legislation. For more detailed guidance, please click here (updated 11th November).

We are continuously reviewing emerging local and national government advice, and the latest guidance on the new National Restrictions can be found here (updated 20th November).

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. 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. 

DCA Support for Community Buildings

Blog - New Nationwide Lockdown Restrictions: What does this mean for Community Buildings and Village Halls (updated 06/11/20)

New Restrictions - Guide for Community Buildings (updated 18/11/20) 

Energy Efficiency Top Tips for Community Buildings

Durham County Council COVID-19 Support Grants for Businesses

The government have published a number of new grants available to businesses, including local community buildings, impacted by local and national restrictions due to COVID-19. Full details can be found on the Durham County Council website here

Our Work with ACRE 

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.

Update from ACRE 05/11/20: Read the latest press release here

Latest Coronavirus information from ACRE updated 11/11/20

Information Sheet - Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure updated 30/09/20

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls updated 18/09/20

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers updated 18/09/20

Government Guidance

The Government have produced COVID-19 guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities which can be accessed  here (updated 17/11/20). This guidance will be updated to reflect the new measures shortly.

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.

Face Coverings 

As of 8 August, face coverings are now required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including community buildings. On entering a community building users will be required to wear a face covering and will be required to keep it on unless covered under a 'reasonable excuse.' This could be for a gym class, if users need to eat or drink something or if they have a health or disability reason not to wear one. Face coverings can be removed if users are undertaking exercises or an activity where it would negatively impact their ability to do so. See further guidance on face coverings here (updated 04/11/20)

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

From 24th September the Regulations for the Collection of Contact Details require every hirer or organisation using a community building to comply with the obligations to register for an NHS QR code, display the official NHS QR poster and keep records for Test and Trace, and every community building to ensure hirers comply. 

It is really easy to get a code, just follow this link and enter your email and full address of your community building. 

Public Health Outbreak Reporting Cards

Public Health have produced a range of downloadable cards for reporting an outbreak. The Small and Large Gatherings Workplace Action Cards include resources for arts, heritage and cultural venues, business event venues, children's community activities including holiday and after school clubs, cinemas, theatres, comedy venues and music venues, community activities and other hobby clubs, grassroots sports, gyms/leisure facilities and libraries. Download the cards here

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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