We closed the hall in March when the Coronavirus lockdown began, in accordance with government policy. The government is now allowing community halls to re-open with effect from 4 July. However there are considerable restrictions on what type of activities can be held – for example, no sport or fitness activities are allowed at this stage, nor any performances in front of a live audience, in addition to which there are limits in terms of numbers of people who can attend events, and from how many different households / bubbles etc. A few of the restrictions can be somewhat eased once we are satisfied that have achieved “COVID-secure” status, and we also hope that there may be some more general easing of some of the restrictions over the coming weeks. We plan to spend July taking the necessary steps to make the hall COVID-secure, and to start taking bookings for events to take place with effect from 1 August, but hirers will need to ensure that any events that they are planning to hold at the hall are compatible with the current government guidelines, in addition to which a risk assessment will need to be carried out to confirm that this is the case. We are continuing to take advice from both the national village hall network organisation, ACRE, and the Gloucestershire Rural Communities Council to ensure that we are following appropriate guidelines, whilst aiming to ensure the safety of hall users and volunteers as far as possible.
Meanwhile the twice-weekly pop-up Post Office will restart on Tuesday 7 July; for more information regarding this service please see the separate news item on this website.