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.