The government issued new requirements for face mask in certain settings on the 30th November
Before hiring the hall you must validate how you will use the hall against the list of ‘indoor settings’ in the link above to establish if facemasks are legally required.
In other indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required, you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
As of July 19, 2021 the government removed the majority of requirements on our hall to manage the risk of Covid-19 infection. The changes are documented here:
We ask everyone using Beech Village Hall to help keep everyone safe. Our Covid-19 Safe self-certification is based on the principles of good ventilation, contamination prevention, good personal hygiene, contact tracing and the use of the NHS COVID Pass and/or pre-testing where appropriate.
The key points, which apply to any indoor venue, are:
Event and class organisers:
Event and class organisers are responsible for the health and safety of their attendees.
They should undertake their own assessment of the risk of Covid-19 infection and implement the appropriate systems to manage this. In assessing the risk of infection the event organiser should consider the ages and number of guests, their vulnerabilities, the degree of interaction and the possibiity to mitigate the risk through ventilation, mask wearing, controlled or managed movement (eg a one way system), the use of pre-testing and ensuring all guests have a valid NHS COVID pass:
We encourage organisations in certain settings to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19. This will especially be the case in large, crowded settings (such as nightclubs) where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household.UK Government Covid 19 restrictions, 19th July 2021
Using the hall:
Do not come to Beech Village Hall if you have Coronavirus symptoms or feel unwell in any way. If you are over 70 or have medical conditions that put you at greater risk, consider the government advice on visiting indoor spaces.
In the unlikely event that anyone feels unwell, everyone will need to go home and the hall will be closed for deep cleaning. The person with symptoms must self-isolate, obtain a test, respond to the NHS Test & Trace team and let their class leader know the result of their test.
Contact Tracing. Users of the Hall can use the QR code provided near the entrance to sign in using the NHS Covid-19 smartphone app. Hall hirers will also be maintaining a record of attendees.
Ventilation. Windows and doors should be opened for ventilation, so you may need warm clothing.
Face coverings. You should consider wearing a face covering especially in busy or crowded areas.
Contamination prevention. Your class leader may ask you to bring household surface cleaning spray, kitchen gloves and a clean cloth or paper towels to sanitise your ‘safe area’ on arrival and departure.
Personal hygiene: Sanitise your hands frequently, and on arrival and departure. Bring paper tissues and a bag for used tissues. Wear a face covering if you can.
All those who hire Beech Village Hall are provided with Covid 19 requirements. These are detailed in an appendix to our Terms and Conditions of Hire, which you can download from our Hiring Information Centre.