Step 4 - learning to live with the virus!

Page last updated 28th July 2021.

With the lifting of restrictions from 19 July, village and community halls can now fully open their doors and are looking forward to helping their communities get back together for a wider range of events and activities.

Last week ACRE issued an interim briefing note that provided recommendations for taking steps to keep vulnerable residents safe, whether that be maintaining well-ventilated spaces or encouraging users to wear face masks. ACRE’s Information Sheet on Opening Village Halls has now been updated and version 11 is now available along with a set of Appendices.

People are now being asked “to make informed decisions and act carefully and proportionally to manage risk to themselves and others”, rather than having to adhere to the previous Coronavirus legislation.

While legal restrictions no longer apply at Step 4, Government guidance will continue to be issued in response to any future changing circumstances of the pandemic and ACRE will update their Covid information accordingly.

 Notes of the changes can be found on pages 1 & 2 of this latest Information Sheet.

ACRE Information Sheet V11 - Update for Village & Community Halls July 2021

NHS Poster - Keeping yourself and others safe from 19th July

While many restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 has not gone away so it’s important we remain cautious.
By practising key behaviours we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help stop the virus spreading.

If halls want to remind users of how they should behave whilst on the premises, download the poster here.

Preparing for re-opening

Halls are encouraged to start planning to re-open in line with the 4 steps outlined in this latest information. A checklist of points to consider is given in Appendix A of the ACRE Information Sheet, opening your village hall.

See all of the ACRE resources below.

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The documents highlighted in ORANGE are the latest updates, but please be aware all information is subject to amendment/update as a result of the changeable environment.

We will update the documents as and when we receive the appropriate guidance/updates ourselves. We will also send out emails when any significant changes are made so please make sure you are signed up to receive our email updates.

Appendix A Reopening Checklist  July 2021

Appendix B Re-Opening Questionaire    July 2021

Appendix C Covid Secure Poster   July 2021

Appendix D The Practicalities   July 2021

Appendix E Special Hire Conditions  July 2021

Appendix F Risk Assessment for Hall Committees  July 2021

Appendix G Risk Assessment for Hall Hirers    July 2021

Appendix H First Aid Box  July 2021

Appendix I Play Poster   July 2021

Appendix J   REMOVED

Appendix K    REMOVED

Appendix L Treatment Plan July 2021

Appendix M Test and Trace   July 2021

legionella-guidance-covid-19.pdf    3rd July

Guides on reopening Halls and Churches - 20th August

Please find below two excellent guides to help halls and churches with re-opening preparations.


The Safer Community Centres guide: A comprehensive guide for village halls and community buildings.

Click Here

Latest Government Guidance for Out-of-school settings

The Government has also published new guidance for organisations or individuals who provide community activities, tuition, holiday clubs or after-school clubs for children, as well as their staff and volunteers, which acknowledges that these are often held in village and church halls. Please click the link below: