Hall and Playing Fields opening update

ByTym Moore

Hall and Playing Fields opening update

I thought it might be timely for me to give you an update on what is happening with the Hintlesham and Chattisham Playing Fields and the Hall as the Government eases the regulations.
As you would expect, we have been following the Government Guidelines with the result that the Hall as been closed following the lock-down, and likewise the children’s play areas.
From early this month, the play areas on the two playing fields have been opened with the appropriate signage concerning social distancing and hygiene measures.  For guidance, we have followed the procedures adopted by Babergh and recommended in Government documents.  The Hall play area has been kept closed, pending it being dismantled.
We hope that the Hall will be able to open by the end of July. All users of the hall will need to undertake risk assessments which will  then have to dovetail into our arrangements.
With regard to the Bar, the Social Club Committee will be keeping Club Members advised.

A lot of work has gone into getting us into a position to be able to re-open the hall. This has involved producing risk assessments for the play areas and the Hall and then following that up with an implementation of the resultant procedures. For example, the provision of cleaning materials and hand gel at the right points, posters, one way systems, marking tape, and floor marking. 
However, we have to be aware that it will be sometime before anything approaching the ‘old normal’ returns.  For example, the Hall capacity is currently limited to 30 people, and the meeting room to 12; this is to meet social distancing requirements. 
Above all our overriding priority is to safeguard everyone using the hall, and we earnestly follow all Government Guidelines.

If you want more detail about the guidance we followed, we have used Acre’s Guidance for Village Halls.  (This is the national organisation which is linked to Community Action Suffolk).  Acre has been working with the Government to support village activities.

Tym Moore

Hintlesham and Chattiham Community Council Chair

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