Your Village Hall committee prepared a ‘Covid-19 Secure’ policy and undertook new arrangements (hand sanitiser, new signage, deep cleaning) to enable the hall to re-open successfully last week. However, the government’s new ‘Rule of 6’ was announced on Wednesday 9th. Villagers might like to know that the Hall Committee has consulted the revised and updated government advice (www.gov.uk/guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities) and decided that we can keep the hall open for some future events. Only two paragraphs have been altered from the original (August) guidance that we followed, namely:-
"From 14 September, whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of more than 6. This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more than 6 people. Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. Further information on social contact rules, social distancing and the exemptions that exist can be found on the guidance on meeting with others safely. These rules will not apply to workplaces or education settings, alongside other exemptions. See more details on what has changed.
If partaking in permitted activities users of COVID-19 secure community facilities should limit their social interactions with anyone they do not live with. Whilst activities may have 6 or more people participating (where it is safe to do so and capacity permits) it is important for all parties to maintain socially distant, 2 metres or 1 metre with actions taken to reduce the risk of transmission (where 2 metres is not viable) between households. For example, use of face coverings and encouraging good hand hygiene on entering premises and throughout visit."
What this makes clear is that the hall (as a community facility following Covid-19 secure guidelines) can host larger groups but we must sit in sub-groups no larger than 6. Effectively we will be just like any pub or restaurant. With good 2m social distancing* and hand hygiene etc, we can continue. Face coverings should be worn unless we are eating or drinking or undertaking activities inhibited by masks, in which case face coverings may be removed. No change there.
Tai Chi WILL GO AHEAD on Monday 14th at 2.30pm, as the teacher Debbie has been reassured by her insurance company that she may safely proceed within the hall’s Covid secure policy.
The hall plans to host the next Coffee & Chat session on Wed October 7th at 10.30am and this will be in aid of the McMillan Nurses charity. We hope you may be able to support this. The Village Reading Group may begin to use the hall and their next meeting is on Wed 30 Sept. Time to be confirmed. The village choir leader has been sent the hall’s Covid policy but no plans have yet emerged for any restart.
Any future plans depend on government decisions but we will keep you informed at every stage.
*The safe capacity of our hall (applying 2 metre distancing) is 21 people. With masks and good ventilation the capacity for 1.5 m distancing is 36 people.
Village Hall Committee 12 Sept 2020
The Isle Abbotts Village Hall is re-opening!
Your Village Hall Committee has carried out a full Covid Risk Assessment, following government guidelines (as of 14 Aug 2020)
A team of volunteers has now given the hall a deep clean. New arrangements are in place to provide hand gel sanitisers and to help maintain social distancing. We now feel confident that we can re-open the hall safely for certain activities and invite you to come along – Tai Chi starts on Mon Sept 7th at 2.30pm (outdoors if weather allows but indoors is also permitted); Coffee and Chat re-commences on Wed Sept 9th at 10.30am; Wellbeing starts on Thurs Sept 17th at 9.30am.
1.Here is a summary of our ‘Covid-19 Secure’ policy (the full policy is published in the hall and is also available from David Sutcliffe tel 281440)
2. What YOU can do when attending a village hall event:
a) One-way system: Please enter the hall by the porch door immediately facing you and leave by the ramped entrance door. This ‘flow’ is designed to stop people bumping into one another.
b) Hand gel: Please use the hand gel sanitiser provided as you enter.
c) Contact Tracing: Please give your name and telephone details to the event organiser. We are required by law to keep details for 21 days and then shred them.
d) Please maintain social distancing at all times.
e) Please use handwashing facilities – new paper towel dispensers have been fitted.
3. What the HIRER will do: The event organiser will ensure that social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene standards are followed. In addition before leaving the premises, the hirer will wipe down all touch points (door handles, rails etc) using disinfectant wipes provided.
4. The capacity of the hall has been calculated as allowing a maximum of 21 people with social distancing of 2 metres or 36 people at 1.5 metres. There should not be more than 3 people in the kitchen at any time. This will allow Coffee and Chat to start as well as Tai Chi and Wellbeing groups. Choir singing remains a problem, however and the government guidelines on singing are currently discouraging for large groups viz. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts#arts-3-4
5. Face coverings are required for indoor events except where eating or drinking occurs (Coffee & Chat). ‘Face coverings can be removed if users are undertaking exercise or an activity where it would negatively impact their ability to do so’ (quote from para 2c of govt guidelines link at top of page). This dispensation applies to Tai Chi.
6. Good ventilation: Whenever possible, doors should be left open to encourage good ventilation in the hall.
The full Covid Policy was distributed at our recent AGM and approved by all those present. It will be displayed on the hall noticeboard and copies given to all hall hirers. A summary will be put on the village website. Our insurers have been kept informed of our re-opening plans and are aware that we have developed our own Covid policy. The policy will be reviewed if govt guidelines change (‘second wave’ etc).
Village Hall Committee 4/9/2020
Services for September 2020
September 6th 9.30am Parish Service Lay Led
September 20th 9.30am Morning Praise Greg Hoare
September 27th 8.30am Holy Communion Rev. Phil Denison
The Hundred club winners for August 2020 are:-
1st Prize No. 90 Jackie Bennett
2nd Prize No. 63 Sue Glyde
3rd Prize No. 69 Richard Burgess