Reopening information for groups and organisations

Very High alert

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:

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; and the guidance referenced below.

If you require further support please contact one of the team

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

  1. Offices
  2. Working in or delivering to other people’s homes
  3. Working in or from vehicles
  4. Performing arts
  5. Grassroots sports and gym / leisure facilities
  6. Shops
  7. Out of school settings e.g. holiday and after school clubs
  8. Early years
  9. Outdoor activities
  10. Places of worship
  11. Close contact services
  12. Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus

You may also find the following resources useful:

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:

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.

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:

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

Support for community, businesses and jobs

Contact us

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 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.