COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

Guidance for those managing council buildings.

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This guidance is withdrawn as it’s no longer current. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should also follow the measures in the working safely guidance.

Applies to England



A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. There may be additional advice for your area. Find out what you need to do.

This is guidance for those managing council buildings. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these buildings.

Published 30 June 2020
Last updated 29 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the April 28 High Court judgment.

  2. Updated section 3c: Meetings.

  3. Updated to reflect 4 January announcement of national lockdown for all England.

  4. Updated guidance to reflect the tier system in England from 2 December.

  5. Updated to reflect new national restrictions in force from 5 November 2020

  6. Updated to reflect guidance on new local COVID alert levels.

  7. Updated to reflect changes around test and trace, working from home, gatherings and face masks.

  8. Updated to reflect changes in rules on gatherings, and on track and trace.

  9. Updated section on face coverings.

  10. Amended to reflect upcoming changes to the rules on wearing face coverings

  11. Added new section on gatherings

  12. First published.