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.

On 22nd February, the Government published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. 

It was announced on 14th June by the Prime Minister that there will be a four week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions will remain in place and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do here

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19th July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance. 

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

COVID-19 Update - Pausing of Step 3 Restrictions (updated 15/06/21)

Grant Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency in County Durham Community Buildings (produced by Durham County Council, updated 14/06/21)

Further Easing of COVID Restrictions - Step 3 of the Road to Recovery (updated 13/05/21)

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.

Re-opening Village and Community Halls Post COVID-19 Closure (updated 22/04/21)

Projected Start Date for Activities at Village and Community Halls (updated 22/04/21)

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls (updated 26/3/21)

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers (updated 26/3/21)

Government Guidance

The Government have produced COVID-19 guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities which can be accessed  here (updated 17/05/21) 

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.

The Government have also produced guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England which can be accessed here (updated 17/05/21)

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 22/04/21)

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

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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