NORTH KESSOCK VILLAGE HALL COVID-19 UPDATE
IN LINE WITH SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE THE VILLAGE HALL IS STILL CLOSED AND LOOKS UNLIKELY TO REOPEN BEFORE STAGE 4 OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ROUTE MAP IS REACHED.
In the meantime, all the Members of the Hall Board are being kept remarkably busy in the background. As the hall is used by a range of different groups, the Board is considering a more complicated set of risks. The Board has to check for any guidance available from Scottish Government as it applies to the types of activity covered in the village hall, for example marriages or sports activities. Some key areas which are being considered include:
- Adding new requirements around distancing, hygiene, and cleaning to any hiring agreement.
- Considering requirement to store personal details of customers as part of the Test and Protect Scheme.
- Whether or not the physical distancing rule could be reduced to 1m in line with Scottish Government guidance.
- Whether people in the clinically vulnerable category can be supported to participate in activities safely to reduce isolation.
- How activities that involve donated items, food preparation or handling money can be made safe.
- What procedures are in place if someone becomes unwell.
Depending on the outcome of a risk assessment currently underway, it is likely that the Hall Board will implement additional measures to help limit the risks of coronavirus transmission in the hall. Some of the more common measures could include:
- Limiting the number of people in the building, and in particular spaces such as toilets, at any given time
- Making hand sanitiser available
- Floor markings to help people maintain physical distancing
- More regular cleaning, with particular care given to communal spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms
- Introducing a one-way flow to reduce people passing one another in small spaces
- Displaying public health messages throughout the premises
Also taking place in the background are some complex legal activities to transfer ownership of the hall from property trustees of the previous unincorporated charity NKAA (North Kessock Amenities Association) to the incorporated charity NKVH (North Kessock Village Hall SCIO) which now runs the Hall. When completed, and the hall has reopened, the overdue Annual General Meeting of North Kessock Village Hall SCIO will be held. This will be an opportunity for new people to join the Board, for fresh ideas, for fundraising initiatives, volunteer groups set up for maintenance etc.
You need to be a member of the North Kessock Village Hall (SCIO) charity to be elected to the Board (see below to join the charity). If you would like to become a member please complete an application form (from www.kessock-hall.net) and post it to the North Kessock Village Hall, Marine Drive, North Kessock IV1 3XS or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org attaching the completed form. Membership is open to any individual aged 16 or over who is resident in the North Kessock postal district. Board meetings are held at 7.00pm on the second Wednesday of each month, in the Meeting Room at the Hall.
See Hall website for further information or contact Seoras at T: 07803299833 or E: email@example.com