Community centres & education facilities
Can Community Centres Open?
- Under the current guidelines, outlined on the government website, socialising with people who you do not live with or not within your social bubble is not permitted in indoor venues which includes community centres.
- If you run such a business or organise events on their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance – see question below for detail.
- You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households.
- You should not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues or outdoor places – such as shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.
Can I run my afterschool club / slimming world / mental health group / other group whether it be in a community centre or elsewhere
Socialising with people who you do not live with, or who are not in your support bubble, is not permitted in either indoor venues or outdoor spaces. If you run a business or organise events, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with – see below for clarification.
The legislation sets out regulations for gatherings both in private dwellings and other gatherings. The ‘other gatherings’ section of the legislation is relevant to various local providers and settings. For ‘other gatherings’ the main point is that no one should meet in a gathering of more than 30 people and a gathering should not take place unless it meets the following criteria:
The gathering has been organised by a charitable, benevolent, philanthropic, public, or political body AND
The organiser has undertaken risk assessments and taken necessary measures to limit transmission AND
The event is reasonably necessary and is for:
- Work, voluntary, or charitable services
- Education and training
- Childcare by: person registered under Childcare Act or supervised childrens activities
- Emergency assistance provision
- To support people to avoid injury or illness, or escape a risk of harm
- Fulfilling a legal obligation
What does this mean for schools, colleges and universities?
All pupils, in all year groups, have started to return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
We understand that some parents may have concerns about their children returning to school.
You can find all the latest information on our Back to School Safely page.
In education settings where pupils and students in Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by staff, visitors and pupils/students when moving around in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
It is not necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower and they may inhibit teaching and learning.
You can move home and travel in order to attend or work at a university or higher educational establishment including to and from Bolton.
You should follow all relevant university and higher educational guidance if you attend, work at or manage higher education establishments, including universities and associated accommodation.
There are support services within your university or higher education establishment to help you should you need advice or support.
Students are expected to follow the latest guidance on social contact and meeting with others safely in their local area whilst attending university, and should not leave their university accommodation to go home in the event of an outbreak or restrictions being applied in a local area.
Students moving to Bolton can find support on the University of Bolton website.
The national rule of six applies in Bolton but the council is also advising people not meet others they don’t live with or are in a support bubble with.
- must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas, unless they’re in your support bubble
- you must not meet people in a group of more than 6
- should not host people you do not live with in your student halls, unless they’re in your support bubble
- should not meet people you do not live with in their student halls, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble
If you are a student from Bolton going to study in the rest of the country you need to follow any restrictions in the area to which you move.
If you have a question or would like further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org