Hatherleigh Community Centre


Nestling by the edge of the River Lew, surrounded by agricultural fields and beautiful countryside, Hatherleigh is the smallest market town in Devon.

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This document sets out how Hatherleigh Community Centre will work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with.  If 2 metres is not possible then 1 metre.  We will be increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning.  We will be involving and communicating with various clubs for their protection and considering whether we need to put in place any particular measures or adjustments to take account of the various activities. 

All taps have been flushed through and the appropriate water testing has been carried out.  The Centre has also had a deep clean.

Social Distancing At Work

You must maintain social distancing in the workplace wherever possible.  To keep 2m apart while in work, arriving, leaving and travelling to and from work.  If 2 metres not possible then 1 metre.

Coming To Work

Staggering arrival and departure times at work to reduce crowding into and out of the workplace.  Reducing congestion by having more entry points to the workplace.  Using markings and introducing one way flow at entry and exit points.  Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser where possible at entry/exit points.

Moving Around

To maintain social distancing wherever possible.  Restricting access to some areas, restricted access between different areas of the building and reducing maximum occupancy.

Workplaces And Workstations

For people who work in one place, workstations should allow them to maintain social distancing wherever possible.  Workstations should be assigned to an individual and not shared.  Review layouts and processes to allow people to work further apart from each other.  Using floor tape to mark areas to help workers keep to 2m distance.  Managing occupancy levels to enable social distancing.


To reduce transmission due to face-to-face meetings and maintain social distancing in meetings.  Only absolutely necessary participants should attend meetings and should maintain 2m separation throughout or 1m if necessary.  Avoiding transmission during meetings, for example avoiding sharing pens and other objects.  Providing hand sanitiser in meeting rooms and holding meetings outdoors or in well ventilated rooms where possible. 

Common Areas

Reconfiguring seating and tables to maintain spacing and reduce face-to-face interactions.  Encourage staff to remain on site and, when not possible, maintaining social distancing while off site.

Accidents, Security And Other Incidents

In an emergency, for example, an accident or fire, people do not have to stay apart if it would be unsafe.  People involved in the provision of assistance to others should pay particular attention to sanitation measures immediately afterwards including washing hands.

Manage Contacts

Encouraging visits via remote connection/working where this is an option.  Where site visits are required, site guidance on social distancing and hygiene should be explained to visitors on or before arrival.  Limiting numbers of visitors at any one time.  Limiting visitor times to a specific time window and restricting access to required visitors only.

Providing And Explaining Available Guidance

Providing clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene to people on arrival, for example, signage or visual aids and before arrival, for example, by phone, on the website or by email.  Reviewing entry and exit routes for visitors and contractors to minimise contact with other people.  Coordinating and working collaboratively with other tenants in multi tenant sites.

Cleaning The Workplace

Frequent cleaning of work areas and equipment between uses, using our usual cleaning products.  Frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles and keyboards, and making sure there are adequate disposal arrangements.  Cleaning workspaces and removing waste and belongings from the work area at the end of the day.  Opening windows and doors frequently to encourage ventilation, where possible.


To help everyone keep good hygiene through the working day.  Using signs and posters to build awareness of good hand washing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into your arm if a tissue is not available.  Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain personal hygiene standards.  Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms.  Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible.  Enhancing cleaning for busy areas.  Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection.  Providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers.


Introducing enhanced cleaning of all facilities regularly during the day and at the end of the day.

Face Coverings

There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be beneficial.  Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.  Wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after putting a face covering on and avoid touching your face.

Deliveries To Site

Putting in place procedures to minimise person to person contact during deliveries to site.  Minimise contact during payments and exchange of documentation, for example, by using electronic payment methods.

Inbound And Outbound Goods

Considering methods to reduce frequency of deliveries, for example by ordering larger quantities less often.  Where possible and safe, having single workers load or unload vehicles.  Where possible, using the same pairs of people for loads where more than one is needed.

These guidelines are in accordance with HM Government Working Safely During COVID-19 Guidance.


Please see a full copy of this at the Community Centre.