At Hapstead Hall, our main priority remains the safety of our customers and staff.

It is more important than ever that vulnerable people, those who feel more cautious, and those that have suffered as a result of isolation during the last two years feel confident using village and community halls, in order to improve mental health and wellbeing. This is particularly important for their usual, regular activities.

Consequently we encourage hall users to follow the principles below.

Key principles:

1. People should stay at home if unwell.

2. Those who have recently had COVID-19 should not attend the hall until either a week has passed and they no longer have a temperature or they have two negative lateral flow tests on days 5 and 6. They should inform their close contacts and avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group. Contacts of people with COVID-19 are asked to take extra care, following general guidance on safer behaviours. Routine contact tracing ended on 24th February 2022.

3. Let fresh air in if meeting indoors. Opening a window for ten minutes helps. (This has also been shown to reduce risk of catching other airborne diseases such as flu).

4. Continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet and when rates of transmission are high.

5. Clean your hands often, avoid touching your face, nose or eyes. “Catch it, bin it, Kill it”.

6. Maintain social distancing as far as possible from anyone you do not have regular contact with. Respect the fact that others may wish to take a more cautious approach.

7. If a more crowded event is likely to take place, eg a wedding reception with dancing, hirers can be encouraged to ask everyone to take a lateral flow test beforehand, as recommended in the “How to Stay Safe” guidance.

Any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting the Clerk