From Janet Padget Chair Village Hall Trust,
Please read in full. The exceptions listed below are not an exhaustive list, but are those which are more common to our village halls.
From 14 September, whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of more than 6. 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. Groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
From 14 September - when the new rules apply - it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:
-youth groups or activities
-organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes (please refer to the government’s list of recreational team sports, outdoor sport and exercise allowed under the gyms and leisure centre guidance)
-receptions for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
-where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble,
Although gatherings of more than 30 people are permitted in a COVID-19 Secure premises (where they can do so safely), attendees should socially distance from those they don’t live with, including other people they know, for example, in a community centre .
All wording is taken from the government’s website. When I receive further information from ACRE, I will add any additional guidance where appropriate.