COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.



Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance is for those managing multi-use community facilities to prepare for re-opening when restrictions have lifted. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces.

Many community facilities are also workplaces and those responsible for the premises should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers.

This guidance will be updated as we move into the next step for easing restrictions and when other guidance relevant to multi-use facilities are produced.

Published 30 June 2020
Last updated 13 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect guidance on new local COVID alert levels.

  2. Guidance updated to reflect changes in legislation to track and trace.

  3. Guidance updated to incorporate changes in regulations, announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020.

  4. Revised to reflect changes to upcoming NHS Test and Trace rules and restrictions on social groups gatherings.

  5. Amended to reflect up coming changes to rules on social gathering

  6. Revised to reflect changes to restrictions on permitted activities under section 3 and to clarify face covering advice under section 2C.

  7. Updated section 2c: Hygiene and face coverings; and section 3. Permitted activities in multi-use community facilities: signposting to relevant guidance.

  8. Revised to reflect permission to host small wedding receptions from 1 August

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

  10. Links added to guidance on rehearsal and training; to guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace; and to guidance on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.

  11. Section 3c revised to reflect availability of the Performing Arts guidance.

  12. Revised to reflect that multi-use community facilities can now open.

  13. First published.