Updated 23 October 2020
Greater Manchester is in ‘local COVID alert level: very high’. See the restrictions for very high alert level here.
Some of the guidance referenced below applies nationally, however local restrictions will always take precedence, as outlined above. For further reference: www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know
The guidance on this page is written to support local VCFSE groups to make informed choices about re-opening their group, activity and or building during this current crisis. This page includes key points for consideration for groups looking to re-open and makes reference to local restrictions and sector specific guidance throughout.
We have worked alongside local partners to identify best practice for re-opening safely. We will continue to update this page with other useful resources and information on a regular basis.
1. Are you thinking about reopening your premises?
In the first instance check local restrictions; www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know and the guidance referenced below.
If you require further support please contact one of the team firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Keeping you up to date
- Book here to attend one of our regular reopening multi-purpose community facilities - Q&A sessions where you will have the chance to ask questions and discuss your concerns with other organisations
- Sign up to our regular training bulletin with details of our own training, and training provided by other organisations that you can access
- View a recording of Action Together’s information session about reopening multi-purpose community facilities
3. Guidance for reopening buildings and restarting activities
- The government has produced a wide range of sector specific guidance which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
- The key piece of government guidance on reopening community facilities is COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
- Other sector specific guidance that we are often asked about includes:
- Working in or delivering to other people’s homes
- Working in or from vehicles
- Performing arts
- Grassroots sports and gym / leisure facilities
- Out of school settings e.g. holiday and after school clubs
- Early years
- Outdoor activities
- Places of worship
- Close contact services
- Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus
You may also find the following resources useful:
- Safer Community Centres: a visual guide to helping community centres and village halls reopen safely
- Acre’s guidance for reopening Village and Community Halls
- Ensuring your organisation is Covid Secure - Community Matters
- Flowchart to aid reopening decision making - Community Matters
- Example of comms to share about reopening - Community Matters
4. Building / Organisation Risk Assessments
Before reopening it is important to balance the risk, asking yourselves whether the risk of not opening outweighs the risk of opening?
It is essential that you carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment before reopening your premises – a risk assessment should be carried out in line with HSE guidance.
You will find some useful templates and examples below:
- Checklist and Risk Assessment*
- Risk Assessment Example 1*
- Risk Assessment Example 2*
- Risk Assessment Example 3*
- HSE Risk Assessment Template*
- Example Site Operating Procedures*
- Community Matters - Risk assessment
The resources marked * were created by 4CT and MACC for North Manchester Together and are shared with their kind permission
5. Involving Staff and Volunteers Safely
Salford CVS has created a Risk Assessment Toolkit which we have shared with their kind permission.
- All staff and volunteers should be encouraged to complete the My Covid-19 Self Assessment
- The organisation can then complete an individual risk assessment using the Individual Covid-19 Risk Assessment Toolkit
6. Test and Trace
Test and trace means testing people for coronavirus and then tracing the people an infected person has come into contact with. The key role for organisations is to ensure that they follow government guidance including ensuring conducting risk assessments and acting on them to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Below is the Government Guidance about maintaining records to support with this, and resources to enable you to create a QR Code Poster:
- Creating a coronavirus NHS QR Code
- Government Guidance - maintaining records to support NHS Test and Trace
- Introducing the NHS Covid-19 App - Explainer Pack
- How to create a QR Poster
- ICO Guidance – data protection
- ICO FAQ – data protection
7. Governance and Decision Making
Coronavirus has impacted every organisation in different ways. It is crucial to ensure that any decisions that are taken by your Board are made in line with the procedures laid out in your governing document.
8. Other Useful Resources
Posters you can print
- Signs for buildings – Oldham Council
- 2m distance*
- Face masks on public transport*
- How to get a test*
- Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020
- Protect Yourself (social distancing) - Community Matters
- Covid-19 Syptoms - Community Matters
- Wash your hands - Community Matters
- Keep surfaces clean - Community Matters
Support for community, businesses and jobs
There is a wealth of very detailed and constantly changing guidance available. Different buildings and activities will need different considerations and adaptations to allow them to reopen and continue to operate safely. This information is a starting point only and will be regularly updated. If you would like support for your voluntary, community, faith, social enterprise (VCFSE) organisation, please contact us on 0161 339 2345 or email email@example.com if you would like to discuss how we can support you during this confusing and difficult time.
Click here for dedicated coronavirus information and advice for residents, charities, and community and voluntary groups in Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside.