BEBCA Logo 100Now that the Community Centre is open again here are the legal requirements and some of the steps that we are taking to protect people in line with government guidance.



The following are required by law:

  • From 8th August 2020 it is a legal requirement to wear face protection when entering any Community Centre unless you have a legal exemption
  • From 18th September 2020 it is a legal requirement for contact details to be recorded of everyone who enters any Community Centre. Details are as simple as your name and phone number. This is to assist with NHS Test and Trace so that you can be contacted in the event of a COVID-19 incident involving someone who was at the Centre at the same time as you. Details should be collected by your event/hirer organiser, the bar if you are visiting for a drink or the Centre office. Details will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed.
  • NHS Test and Trace QR poster must be displayed for visitors to use. Paper recording of details is still available.


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The Community Centre has been open since 1st Sept

We have taken the following measures in line with government guidance for the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors to the Centre

  • Sanitisers in the foyers and in the rooms. There are notices at the entrances stating that sanitising your hands, or better still washing them for at least 20 seconds, is a requirement of entry to the building.
  • Notices in each of the rooms and toilets supporting Catch It, Kill It, Bin It
  • Perspex screens with gaps at the bottom for passing stuff have been installed at the office reception and along the bar servery. The screens are 1.5m long and 1m high. There are 4 additional screens available for hirers to use,  e.g. when people enter an event/meeting and they need to show a ticket.
  • We have a number of portable see-through vertical banners, 2m high, 1m wide. Some of these are in the Wye Room to enable tables to be positioned closer together whilst retaining social distancing. The remainder are available for hirers to use
  • Rooms are cleaned at the start of each day
  • Cleaning equipment (sanitising wipes, anti-bacterial spray, paper towels, optional plastic seat covers, rubber gloves) are in each of the rooms to enable sanitising as needed.
  • Entry to each room is normally via the main foyer and people leave via the fire exits. For events that may cause queuing into the May Woollerton Hall people may enter via the side door next to the Target Room (people will be advised by the event organiser either before you arrive or by signs outside the building).
  • Guidance requires that the risk of people mixing with those using another room is minimised. This is why the main foyer is not being used as an exit from the hired rooms.
  • Users of the May Woollerton Hall are using different toilets. The toilets in the main foyer have been designated as one person use only (all other toilets in the building have single person capacity anyway).
  • The corridor between the main foyer and the Eghams Room has been made one way as much as possible. It should only be used to move towards the foyer when no other route is available. Signs are displayed to warn people.
  • The kitchens are closed and locked. Anyone requiring refreshments will have to bring their own
  • Rooms which are not being hired are locked to prevent unplanned and unknown access
  • Hire sessions must finish on time and there is a 30min buffer between the end of one hire and the start of the next to enable sanitising.
  • Hirers are required to advise those attending not to arrive more than 10 minutes before the scheduled start. This is to minimise the risk of mixing with people attending other hires
  • Hirers are required to ensure that people at their meetings comply with social distancing guidance
    • From 14 Sept people may meet in groups of up to 6 people from any number of households. However hirers should not require people to be in groups with anyone that they do not normally mix with. This replaces the previous requirement to mix in groups of no more than 2 households inc. any support bubble(s), 
    • Each person or group must be a minimum of 2m from anyone else. If additional precautions are taken e.g. wearing of face covering or using a perspex screen the distance is reduced to 1m (called 1m+)
    • There can be multiple groups each containing up to 6 people in a room, Therefore a hirer can have more than 6 people attend so long as the groups do not mix i.e. the groups remain 2m (or 1m+) apart.
    • Bourne End Community Centre is COVID-19 Secure and therefore the guidance restriction limit of 30 people does not apply
  • Signs have been installed at the entrances
    • warning people not to enter in they have COVID-19 symptom(s) and that we reserve the right to take anyone's temperature and/or to refuse entry or require a person to leave
    • requiring people to wear face coverings unless legally exempt
    • requiring people to provide contact details for Test and Trace
  • Professional and non-professional performing arts events are permitted within the guidelines for Stage 4 of the Performing Arts roadmap


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