When can village halls and community centres open?
As of 3 August, community centres, youth centres and similar have been removed from the list of businesses that must remain closed. Although Village Halls are not mentioned anywhere in the Government’s Route Map for ending lockdown, we believe that they fall under the 'similar' heading, and as such, are now able to open.
What activities can take place following reopening?
This must follow the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Route Map (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).
Some activities will be allowed immediately upon opening, subject to additional safety measures, such as art and craft fairs, and coffee mornings. For certain other activities, there is an indicative start date of 31 August for indoor non-contact sports such as badminton and gym sessions; and 14 September for some live indoor events. In all cases, additional safety measures apply.
From 7 August 2020, the wearing of face coverings became mandatory in community centres. Again, we believe that this will include village halls and community centres, although it is unclear how this will apply in respect of the variety of activities for which halls and centres are used.
Whatever the circumstance, no village hall or community centre should open until it has identified and is able to implement the necessary safeguards required to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Guidance on re-opening
There are posters and links to available on the COVID-19 Resources (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) webpage.