Special Conditions of Hire during COVID-19

Note: These conditions are supplemental to, not a replacement for, the hall’s ordinary conditions of hire.

To clarify, “one metre plus mitigation measures” in the text below includes such things as face masks and screens. Please note condition SC7: for those over 70 and/or likely to be more clinically vulnerable, the 2 metre rule should be strictly adhered to.

SC1: You, the hirer, will be responsible for ensuring those attending your activity or event comply with the COVID-19 Secure Guidelines while entering and occupying the hall, as shown on the poster which is displayed at the hall entrance, in particular using the hand sanitiser supplied when entering and leaving the hall.

SC2: You undertake to comply with the actions identified in the hall’s risk assessment and you will perform your own risk assessment

SC3: You will be responsible for cleaning door handles, light switches, window catches, equipment, toilet handles and seats, wash basins and all surfaces likely to be used during your period of hire before other members of your group or organisation arrive and to keep the premises clean through regular cleaning of surfaces during your hire, paying particular attention to wash hand basins and kitchen sinks (if used), using either the products supplied (which will be in a clearly accessible location) or your own ordinary domestic products. You will be required to clean again on leaving.

Please take care cleaning electrical equipment, eg light switches. Use cloths – do not spray!

SC4: You will make sure that everyone likely to attend your activity or event understands that they MUST NOT DO SO if they or anyone in their household has had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 7 days, and that if they develop symptoms within 7 days of visiting the premises they MUST use the Test and Trace system to alert others with whom they have been in contact.

SC5: You will keep the premises well ventilated throughout your hire, with windows and doors open as far as convenient. You will be responsible for ensuring they are all securely closed on leaving.

SC6: You will ensure that following limits are adhered to for your activity/event, in order that social distancing can be maintained.

  • Main Hall – – 28 people
  • Annex – 10 people
  • Reading Room – 6 people

You will ensure that everyone attending maintains 2m social distancing while waiting to enter the premises and as far as possible observes social distancing of 1m plus mitigation measures when using more confined areas (e.g. moving and stowing equipment, accessing toilets) which should be kept as brief as possible. You will make sure that only one person uses the toilet at one time. Currently, to cut down on the cleaning burden, only the disabled toilet is in use, the ladies and gents toilets are closed.

SC7: You will take particular care to ensure that social distancing is maintained for any persons aged 70 or over or likely to be clinically more vulnerable to COVID-19, including for example keeping a 2m distance around them when going in and out of rooms and ensuring they can access the toilets, kitchen or other confined areas without others being present. For some people, passing another person in a confined space is less risky, but for older people that should be avoided.

SC8: You will position furniture or the arrangement of the room as far as possible to facilitate social distancing of 2m between individual people or groups of up to two households or 1m plus mitigation measures such as: seating side by side, with at least one empty chair between each person or household group, rather than face to face, and ensure good ventilation. If tables are being used, you will place them so as to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres across the table between people who are face to face e.g. using multiple tables to form a wide U-shape.

SC9: You are asked to keep a record of the name and contact telephone number or email of all those who attend your event for a period of 3 weeks after the event and provide the record to DoH Test and Trace if required.

SC10: You will be responsible for the disposal of all rubbish created during your hire, including tissues and cleaning cloths, taking all rubbish away with you when you leave the hall, or depositing in the wheelie bins adjacent to the pre-school building.

SC11: If appropriate, you will encourage users to bring their own drinks and food. If you are providing drinks or food, you are responsible for ensuring that all crockery and cutlery is washed in hot soapy water, dried and stowed away. You will bring your own clean tea towels, so as to reduce risk of contamination between hirers, and take them away. Washing up liquid and washing up cloths are provided in the kitchen.

SC12: We will have the right to close the hall if there are safety concerns relating to COVID-19, for example, if someone who has attended the hall develops symptoms and thorough cleansing is required or if it is reported that these Special Hiring Conditions are not being complied with, whether by you or by other hirers, or in the event that public buildings are asked or required to close again. If this is necessary, we will do our best to inform you promptly and you will not be charged for this hire.

SC13: In the event of someone becoming unwell with suspected Covid-19 symptoms while at the hall you should remove them to an area away from others. Provide tissues and a bin or plastic bag, and a bowl of warm soapy water for handwashing. Ask others in your group to provide contact details if you do not have them and then leave the premises, observing the usual hand sanitising and social distancing precautions, and advise them to launder their clothes when they arrive home. Inform the Hall Secretary of the incident.

SC14: For events with more than 30 people you will take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public in relation to COVID-19 and prevent large gatherings or mass events from taking place, for example by operating a booking system or providing attendants or stewards who will ask people to seat themselves furthest from the entrance on arrival, to exit closest to the exits first and invite people to use toilets in the interval row by row.

SC15: Live performances e.g. drama, music are not permitted at present. This is in order to avoid risk of aerosol or droplet transmission. For the same reason you must take steps to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other, e.g. refrain from playing music or broadcasts at a volume which makes normal conversation difficult.

SC16: Where a group uses their own equipment: if appropriate, you will ask those attending to bring their own equipment and not share it with other members. As far as posible you should avoid using equipment which is difficult to clean. You will ensure that any equipment you store on the premises is cleaned before use and before being stored in the hall’s cupboards.