Hall Re-Opening July 2020
We have reviewed the detailed government guidance on re-opening village and community halls, which is currently issue 3, 6th July. The 9 appendices also change and, checking them today, Appx D— about which activities are permitted and which not, has more detail than when I looked last week.
Meetings for smaller numbers of people are permitted, maintaining social distancing and rigorous cleaning procedures. We will also need to rotate the use of chairs as our padded chairs will need to be in quarantine for at least 72 hours between uses. We have had to tie back all the curtains and state that no more than two people can be in the kitchen at any one time.
Activities not yet permitted include indoor sport and exercise classes. At present this includes even gentle activities such as yoga and pilates. We await guidance on whether indoor short mat bowls can be made safe.
We have put lots of measures in place including the provision of a dishwasher to enable more efficient cleaning of crockery and cutlery, lots of signage and distancing markers.
We will be exploring how an indoor market can take place as the valued fruit and vegetable stall may be able to go inside as the weather deteriorates—we have been so lucky so far. Curiously this is deemed an essential service and is permitted subject to the guidance for the retail sector which we have all encountered.
So please consider how the village hall can be there for you, talk to us about how it might work for you, and remember we do have a projector available for use.
Jenna, for VHMC