Coronavirus (COVID-19)

re-opening the Parish hall

From May 17th

  • Controlled events can take place with up to 50% capacity, but people mustn’t congregate in groups of more than 6.
  • Hospitality settings will be able to open in accordance with the “rule of 6”, so community cafes, coffee mornings and social clubs can take place.
  • Film shows, plays, concerts and sports matches can take place, subject to social distancing.
  • Indoor sports activities, including exercise classes, table tennis, badminton can take place.
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.
  • The “rule of 6” will apply to indoor events.
  • Social distancing rules still apply.

There will be some restrictions initially—following government guidelines you will be asked to provide name and contact phone number on entry (note: this information will be discarded after 21 days); tables will be spaced further apart.

General Coronavirus changes include: providing hand sanitisers; screens at the serving hatches in the kitchen and the bar; paper towel dispensers in the lavatories rather than hot air blowers; etc.

From July 19th

  • All legal limits on social contact are removed. Outdoor events with more than 30 people can take place.
  • Dancing is permitted.
  • Restrictions on numbers at weddings and funerals are abolished.

GOV.UK—Guidance updated (updated April 12th 2021)
 COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
WRCC—Re-opening Village Halls (updated March 29th 2021)

 ACRE Information Sheet Version 10—includes list of useful appendices
 ACRE Information Sheet issue 10—current on April 22nd 2021
Perhaps most useful is the Appendix D – Activities Table 22.4.21 – this shows a whole range of activities held in village & community halls, the step at which this activity can take place and any limits on the activity.

 Some seating plans at varying social distancing

What information can we trust?
There is a lot of misinformation out there–people look at social media feeds and see all sorts of stories. But it’s just a case of looking at where the story has come from and whether it’s an accredited organisation. Look for information from WHO or from your own individual country’s public bodies…

World Health Organization

NHS for health information and advice

GOV.UK–find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, what the government is doing about the virus, social distancing, mental health, domestic abuse.

  • GOV.UK—The best place to find government services and information
  • SAGE—Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies COVID-19 response
  • Update 18 May 2020—Coronavirus symptoms
  • Guidance—on staying alert and safe (social distancing)
  • Guidance—for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Guidance—How to wear and make a cloth face covering
  • Advice and guidance—for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Refuge  For women and children. Against domestic violence.
Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Information from Worcestershire County Council

Global Coronavirus Cases—Data and Maps

  • JHU—John Hopkins University–experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness
  • Worldometer —Coronavirus Cases, Deaths, Recovered

Mental Health

  • Mind—Coronavirus and your wellbeing
  • Mental Health—Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus
  • Rethink—Managing your mental health during Coronavirus outbreak
  • Mencap—Easy Read Information about Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • AnxietyUK—Coronanxiety Support & Resources

Community Action Response launched in the face of emerging Coronavirus crisis

What should I do now? New lockdown rules

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