Beech Village Hall is now open for activities that are permitted by government guidelines, as long as social distancing can be maintained. Regular Dance, Pilates, Body Moves, Yoga and Baby Sensory classes are now up and running again.
The first group to use the hall after lockdown was Sheila’s Readers, a reading group which had been meeting in people’s homes regularly for the last 25 years, and needed a venue that would be big enough to allow for socially distanced meetings for up to a dozen people.
We are now able to hold sit-down wedding celebrations for up to 15 people, with table service, under current government guidelines. The village social programme will restart when larger public events can be run safely and in accordance with government guidance.
The Hall has been made COVID-19 Secure by putting in a one-way system with entry through the main door and exit through a fire exit, by restricting access to the toilet area, and by providing hand sanitiser and encouraging its regular use. Hall users must wear face coverings unless they cannot do so for health reasons, are under 11, or are participating in exempted activities. Those who hire the Hall have been given comprehensive advice, including sanitising all surfaces before and after they are used, keeping windows open to maximise ventilation, and encouraging 2m social distancing and good respiratory hygiene. Users are advised not to come to the hall if they feel unwell, and arrangements are in place to handle the unlikely possibility that someone becomes ill while there.