Ingram Village Hall reopening update during lockdown
The UK Government’s latest step in the easing of lockdown takes effect today *Saturday 4 July 2020). This means that, in principle, village halls can reopen. However, there are numerous considerations before any village hall can be used again safely.
Village hall committees must prepare risk assessments for every group or individual that uses the hall, ensure social distancing when they reopen and have effective cleaning regimes in place at all times. Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has further details about reopening village halls.
In regard to this, we have received a communication from Kate Whitehead (Secretary for Ingram Village Hall Committee) indicating that the committee has decided not to re-open Ingram Village Hall for the moment.
The necessary ongoing risk assessments, investment in new signage and, most importantly, the guaranteed cleaning routine before and after any use of the hall is a sizeable task and a great deal of responsibility for volunteers within a small community to take on board.
The committee will, therefore, not be taking any bookings for the hall until at least September 2020. They will keep the situation under review in the light of further government and NHS guidance.
The decision not to currently reopen the Ingram Village Hall is mirrored by the Breamish Hall committee who have also decided not to reopen Breamish Hall at present.