July 25, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Council re-opening of community centres and village halls-opening of community centres and village halls

AS of the 14th August 2020, community centres / village halls have been able to open for some permitted activities.

Examples of activities permitted under the regulations include:

  • Exercise classes – no more than 30 people
  • Dance classes – no more than 30 people
  • Childcare facility
  • Children’s holiday club
  • Supervised activities for children, for example: scouts, guides, brownies etc
  • Wedding parties and funeral celebrations – no more than 30 people 
  • Medical or health services for example: Slimming world, counselling. These must be by appointment on a 1 to 1 basis.
  • Donate blood
  • Food bank

You cannot open for the following activities:

  • Dog obedience classes
  • Meetings / AGMS
  • Merched y Wawr / WI groups
  • Indoor food market
  • Drama group
  • Choir practice
  • Gardening club
  • Educational classes
  • Art class
  • Band practice
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Birthday parties

This is not an exhaustive list of activities that can and cannot take place in a community centre / village hall. Organisers of community centres must remember that under Regulation 14 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.2) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (as amended) ‘gatherings’ are not permitted indoors without a ‘reasonable excuse’. You must ensure that if you open your community centre/village hall for an activity that it meets the definition of a reasonable excuse. Full details of what is defined as a gathering and considered a reasonable excuse is available on the legislation.gov.uk website.

All reasonable measures must be taken to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus by:

  • maintaining a dist