The First Minister’s announcement on 10th July, to support community centres to restart services, from the 20th July 2020, and the subsequent announcement which reflected the amendments to the regulation allowing for the re-opening of Community Centres, and similar premises such as Village/Church/Scout Halls for wider community use such is very welcome.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Cabinet approved the re-opening of some services and venues, which included Community Centres, on 28 July 2020.

https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Council/CouncillorsCommitteesandMeetings/Meetings/Cabinet/2020/07/28/Reports/Item8UpdateontheCovid19PositioninRCTRecoveryPlans.pdf

The Council have been working with Welsh Government, WCVA and Interlink to develop a range of guidance, templates for signage and risk assessments, and other supporting documents for building Manager/Committee use.

We have written, by email,  to all building Managers of premises either leased from or managed by the Local Authority to ensure that venues in RCT are opened safely and with all due regard for the need to physically distance, and to Risk assess venues and activities accordingly.

Further guidance has since been issued and links to these are below:

Welsh Government:

https://gov.wales/safe-use-multi-purpose-community-centres-covid-19

WCVA

WCVA have published guidance for Third Sector, Community and Town Councils:

https://mcusercontent.com/981f960ac676c2d3e8901559e/files/34ffca9c-8132-4c04-8f04-2531231746c9/Guidance_for_Community_Centres_reopening_in_Wales.pdf

Interlink in RCT

http://www.interlinkrct.org.uk/2020/07/the-green-light-is-go-community-centres-will-be-able-to-reopen-on-20-july-2020/

Of course, all care must be taken before re-opening any venues, and if there is any doubt, or risk to public safety, Communities are asked not to re-open venues for activity.

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