18th April update

Strongly recommended

The following measures are now strongly recommended

  1. Wearing masks in the hall, unless engaged in permitted activities. 
  2. Flow before you go. People are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before attending a hall event, or indeed a social gathering of any kind.
  3. Ensure good ventilation.
  4. Continue with regular cleaning of surfaces; wiping down tables, chairs etc. after use.
  5. Good hand hygiene. Wash hands frequently in bathrooms; make use of the hand sanitizer dispenser in the lobby or use your own.

 We are no longer obliged to collect information for the NHS Test & Protect scheme. This practice has ceased.

We require all organisers of hall events to familiarize themselves with our policies and ensure that all members of their groups are aware of them. This is a condition of hall hire.

No-one with Covid or Covid-like symptoms should be allowed to enter the hall. Event organisers should ensure this does not happen, by warning people in advance and, if necessary, refusing entry. Further, certain user groups may be more vulnerable than others, and so measures for their events – as laid down by event organisers – may need to be stronger. We recommend that group organisers should reach out to their members, to discuss with anyone who is vulnerable in any way the risk which may be involved in attending the event in question.

If you choose – without good reason – not to be fully vaccinated, you are putting your own and others’ lives at unnecessary risk. If you haven’t had a booster or third jag yet, please do so as soon as possible.

The Village Hall trustees and management committee have a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to pursue all reasonable measures to ensure our premises are safe, and work to protect the health, safety and welfare of users. Hence the present bulletin.

The booking process is handled by our Booking Clerk, booking@stboswellsvillagehall.orgsee the Make a Booking page for details. This includes certification that the users have made themselves familiar with the Hall’s Covid Policy. Questions relating specifically to Covid issues should be addressed to our Secretary, Alastair Minnis, He is happy to talk through any compliance procedures; please feel free to ask.

All information follows guidance  received from The Bridge, the advisory body for village halls in the Borders.