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Community Centres Re-Open Across Pembrokeshire

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Pembrokeshire County Council is working closely with partners to support the safe re-opening of community centres.

Re-opening of community centres, village halls and the like moved a step forward last week with the publication of updated guidance from the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government updated guidance can be found here:  https://gov.wales/safe-use-multi-purpose-community-centres-covid-19

There have been several changes to The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020  since this document was written.

The key changes are:

  • community centres are no longer required to seek approval from local authorities or Welsh Ministers to re-open.
  • specific obligations on persons responsible for opening community centres
  • specific reasonable measures that must be undertaken to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus including a requirement to provide information to those entering community centres
  • greater enforcement powers which means enforcement officers may require improvements to the centres or close them if necessary
  • community centres may only open for activities allowed in the Regulations.

Pembrokeshire County Council, working with PAVS and PLANED, is supporting the safe opening of community centres and has developed a suite of information to support the opening of buildings at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/download-centre

Multi-use community facilities such as community centres support a wide range of local activity.

However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of Covid-1.

The guidance provides information on Covid-19 risk assessments, social distancing and capacity, cleaning and infection control, the use toilets, travel and parking and more.

While there is no obligation to notify Pembrokeshire County Council when community buildings re-open, should committees wish to do so please email the Authority at [email protected]