Plan B – face coverings

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COVID-19: The Government has made face coverings mandatory from Friday 10 December for most public venues, including community hire venues like ours – with some exemptions.

The main exemptions are for:

  • Children under the age of 11;
  • Those exempt for health or disability reasons;
  • Those taking part in (recognised) exercise activities, including dancing.

Also, our current interpretation of the Government’s rules and guidance around eating and drinking is:

  • For parties or similar social events, we believe the Hall or Richards Room become what the Government calls a ‘hospitality setting’ for the duration of the hire. According to the Government “Customers, visitors or staff may choose to wear face coverings in these settings”.
  • For other/general hire use though, everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering and when in the venues, except for the general exemptions listed above. Face coverings should only be removed whilst eating or drinking, though hirers may consider not including food or drink in their activity or event for now, to minimise risk.

Our Special Hire Conditions and Guidance document covers the rules and guidance in place. If you hire and use the Community Hall or the Richards Room then you accept the special hire conditions, as well as our normal hire conditions. The document is based on our best interpretation of the Government rules and guidance webpage. The responsibility for making sure that face coverings are worn at the venues when required is with hirers and attendees themselves.

The Government restrictions and guidance may change rapidly. If this happens we’ll update this website as soon as possible.