Re-opening after lockdown
Now that lockdown restrictions are being eased, organisations, businesses and buildings are looking at how they can start re-opening or operating again.
Here we will gather information and guidance to help you, which should answer some of your questions and assist with your next steps.
Page updated 2 July 2020 at 10:30am
- Our Community Support North Yorkshire team have compiled a useful set of FAQs to answer some of your queries on community buildings and village halls.
- ACRE have issued guidance on re-opening nurseries and pre-schools that are held in village halls or community buildings.
- If your building hasn’t been used for a long time, read the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health’s document on Legionnaire’s Disease.
- On 30 June the government released the following document outlining guidance for the safe re-opening of community buildings and village halls:
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
- ACRE released guidance on 15 June on re-opening community buildings and village halls. The information was issued with an expectation that the regulations would be amended by 4 July – in readiness for halls opening from 6 July. On 23 June the government announced that community buildings could open on 4 July. ACRE are currently reviewing and updating the documents issued on 15 June to include the latest government guidance. The documents are below::
ACRE information sheet
Appendix A – pre-opening checklist
Appendix B- Pre-opening questionnaire
Appendix C – Covid-19 secure poster
Appendix D – Management of risk
Appendix E – Special conditions of hire
Appendix F1 – Risk assessment for halls example
Appendix F2 – Risk assessment for halls template
Appendix G1 – Risk assessment for users example
Appendix G2 – Risk assessment for users template
Retail and offices
- The government’s guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments can be read here.
- You can download a charity shop re-opening pack from The Charity Retail Association here.
- The government’s guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres or similar indoor environments can be found here.
- You will need to conduct a risk assessment for employees and businesses returning to work. You can see examples from HR-inform and the Ethical Property Foundation.
- The York & North Yorkshire LEP have produced a communications pack to support businesses and their customers.
Museums, galleries and the heritage sector
- The government has guidelines for the reopening of museums, galleries, heritage attractions and historic buildings from 4 July.
Sports and activity
- Sport England have compiled guidance, advice and resources as restrictions start to ease for how sport and physical activity providers can return to play.
- As well as logistics, it’s important to think about the returning staff and volunteers. Have a look at this article from the Directory of Social Change
- Our Volunteering Support team have written this helpful blog on restarting volunteering after lockdown.