COVID-19 Face Covering

The Government advice is that if you can, you should wear a face covering if in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, which may include activities in a community hall. However, face coverings should not be taken on and off frequently, so while this is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas such as public transport for community halls the priority is that social distancing and good hygiene are maintained. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who would find it difficult to manage them correctly.

Government guidance for community facilities states: “Face coverings do not replace social distancing. Even if a face covering is used, staff and users of the space should continue to wash hands regularly and maintain social distancing. If users of the space choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and thoroughly wash hands before putting them on and taking them off”.

A face covering may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with if you have become infected but not yet developed symptoms. Consequently, where people will be working in close proximity, and with older and/or clinically vulnerable people, a face covering is advisable to protect those people. Examples include preparing food or drink in a small kitchen and serving older or clinically vulnerable people, eg at a coffee morning or lunch club, in a community shop or cafe.

(reference Information Sheet section 2.2.i)