Garboldisham Village Hall-Covid 19 Update, 3rd August 2020.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that we will have to continue with our shutdown of our Village Hall. During June and July we were cautiously optimistic that the trends for reopening were looking good and that we would be able to resume bookings and Hiring.
During these past two weeks it has become clearer that we will not be able to restart our usual Village Hall activities with multiple users having short booking times.
We have been advised by ACRE, [Advisors to Village Halls] that we cannot guarantee the safety of our Hirers. It is impossible for us to ensure the Covid 19 cleanliness standards between the hirers, even if we were to invest in specialist equipment. However, given that our expenditure far exceeds our income this will not be sustainable.
We shall continue to monitor the situation throughout the rest of the summer and into the autumn but do not envisage that we will be able to open in the near future.
We shall continue to support our NHS Blood Donation services and our Village School. Obviously we do not take this decision lightly as we have to continue to pay our bills and without the generous support of our local authority Breckland we would not be able to do this.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back in the future once we are able to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all our Hirers and for the surrounding communities.
Message from Martin Stockdale, Chair, and all the Trustees.