NORTH KESSOCK VILLAGE HALL COVID-19 UPDATE
Moving Beyond Protection Level 0
On 3 August the First Minister announced that Scotland would move beyond Protection Level 0 with effect from Monday 9 August 2021. This will mean the ending of most remaining COVID-19 restrictions. The following summarises the changes and what this means for North Kessock Village Hall.
The rules taking effect on 9 August
• Face coverings will still be required.
• Contact details should continue to be collected for Test and Protect.
• No venue, legally, will be required to close.
• Physical distancing will no longer be required by law.
• Limits to social gatherings will no longer apply.
The following is now advisory
• Physical distancing (especially indoors)
• Good ventilation
• Rigorous hygiene
What will this mean for North Kessock Village Hall?
Village halls will need to ensure all those entering continue to wear a face covering unless exempt. (They can be removed, albeit temporarily, to take part in sport or exercise, dancing, to eat or drink, or when seated during children’s activities).
User groups should continue to collect contact details and pass them to village hall management committees. These must then be discarded after 21 days. We will continue to ensure the Test and Protect Posters are displayed clearly.
Also, with good ventilation and hand-hygiene remaining advisory, sanitisers will be kept in place and users are asked to try and maximise ventilation inside the hall by opening doors and windows and turning on the high-level extractor fan.
Users are required to spend fifteen minutes before and after a hire sanitising door handles, light switches, tables and chairs, wash basins and to complete a sanitising checklist.
With all venues able to reopen from 9 August, there are no longer any restrictions on the type of activity that can be held in a village hall.
As part of Test and Protect, user groups must register contact details for people using the hall and share them with us - where they will be kept for 21 days. In addition, as a further Test and Protect measure the hall has registered with Check In Scotland for a QR code for the hall like the one below.
When you first scan the hall’s unique QR code by pointing your mobile phone camera, it will launch a Check In Scotland online form on your phone. You need to enter your contact details, including name and contact number, and click 'check in' to confirm you are at the hall. This will record the date and time you arrived. When you leave, you should check out. If you still have the online form open on your phone, you just need to press 'check out'. If you do not have the online form open, you can check out by rescanning your venue's QR code. The QR codes will be displayed at the entry and exit points as well as several places in the hall."
North Kessock Village Hall (NKVH) has become a Scottish Charitable Incorporate Organisation (SCIO). Following the (hopefully imminent) completion of the lengthy legal process to transfer title of the hall to the SCIO, which involves three firms of solicitors, the current NKVH Board intend to hold an AGM.
The Board have received early indications that the majority of current Board members intend to stand down, and at this early stage would like to encourage NKVH members to consider standing for membership of the new Board.
The Board will need members with a variety of different skills and interests to enable it to function effectively (e.g., IT, experience of submitting grant applications, building maintenance, administration, health and safety, business, finance, etc.) - however enthusiasm is the main requirement!
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 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to the North Kessock Village Hall, Marine Drive, North Kessock IV1 3XS 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.