From 5 November 2020, England will enter a new period of lockdown with additional restrictions on movement and activity.
You can read the full government guidance here, updated on 3 November.
Community Buildings and Village Halls
The proposed month-long lockdown from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December appears likely to require village and community halls to close except for a few exempt activities.
Action by village and community halls
If your hall is likely to remain open, e.g. for pre-school and/or essential services (see below for full list), other bookings will need to be cancelled until 3 December.
If your hall is likely to close, you should inform your insurer and follow any guidance they issue with respect to maintaining heating, shutting down water supply and security systems/checks.
Permitted activities at village and community halls – final details still to be confirmed and these may change
- Pre-schools, education (e.g. primary school use, home schooling, forest schools) and childcare (e.g. before and after school clubs)
- Work purposes, where people cannot work from home (this would include the hall being hired to provide a socially distanced workplace)
- Food and essential retail e.g. community shop, indoor market selling food, post office
- Essential voluntary and public services such as food banks, blood donations, medical services
- Takeaway food services
- Organised support groups providing mutual aid or therapy or other forms of support, may continue with up to 15 participants e.g. victims of crime, new parents and guardians, people with long term illnesses, bereavement support and people in drug and alcohol recovery
- Outdoor exercise on recreation fields and use of children’s playgrounds is still permitted and people are permitted to meet one other person from another household for this purpose
The following premises are required to close, which means the relevant activities held at village and community halls will not be permitted
- Indoor and outdoor leisure and sport facilities, including gyms, dance studios, soft play facilities
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, bingo
- Social clubs, bars, cafes, except for takeaway food and non-alcoholic drink
- Youth centres, except for 1:1 youth work
Places of worship are closed except for funerals, broadcast acts of worship and private prayer or childcare. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as ash scatterings can continue with up to 15 in attendance. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not permitted except in exceptional circumstances. Wakes and wedding receptions are therefore not permitted.