Updated 31 July 2020

Ensuring your premises are COVID-secure prior to reopening

Checklist  Local Information - keeping you up to date  Useful Resources  Frequently Asked Questions  UK Government  Contact details

The latest up to date advice on the safe use / reopening of multi-purpose community facilities. We will update this page regularly and contact our members with further information.

As the UK Government continues to vary lock-down restrictions, the immediate reaction of many charities and voluntary organisations will be to reopen their services as quickly as possible. However, it is highly likely that your workplace environment for the coming months will be anything but 'business as usual' – not just for your organisation but also your employees, volunteers, fundraisers, key suppliers and service users. It is likely that many of the COVID-19 restrictions put in place during the crisis will remain in place for some time, or may only be partially lifted e.g. social distancing requirements, etc.  

This pandemic has had an impact on every organisation in many different ways, meaning that service plans and standard working practices prior to COVID-19 are unlikely to be sufficient now in ensuring the safety of everyone involved. This is particularly true if you are providing services for more vulnerable members of the community including older people, those with underlying health conditions or members of the black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Lessons need to be learned and community organisations will need to adapt and change their operating procedures, policies, and practices. Therefore, it will be prudent to reflect on your options before you consider reopening; we understand that you will be keen to reopen as quickly as possible but you need to carefully consider a wide range of relevant factors before you do so. We recommend not rushing to reopen before you are fully prepared.

Action Together is working together with other partners to identify best practice guidance for voluntary, community and faith sector groups on reopening premises and restoring services. In the meantime we have produced a checklist which includes links to guidance and information and will help you to start to think about the things you will need to consider before reopening. We will continue to update this page with other useful resources and information on a regular basis.


Local Information - keeping you up to date

We will be holding a series of short online information sessions followed by weekly drop in sessions and we would welcome your thoughts and questions at these.

  • View a recording of Action Together's information session about the reopening of community centres and other community based facilities that took place on 8 July 2020
  • Click here for reopening your organisation - Q&A Sessions
  • Sign up to our a weekly training bulletin with details of our own training, and training provided by other organisations that you can access

Useful Resources

The following resources marked * were created by 4CT and MACC for North Manchester Together and were shared with their kind permission:

Risk assessments

Contact Tracing - protecting customer and visitor details



  • View webinar by 4CT and MACC for North Manchester Together *

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ produced by 4CT and MACC for North Manchester Together

UK Government

Contact details

There is a wealth of very detailed and constantly changing guidance available. Different buildings and activities will need different considerations and adaptations to allow them to reopen and continue to operate safely. This information is a starting point only and will be regularly updated. If you would like support for your voluntary, community, faith, social enterprise (VCFSE) organisation, please contact us on 0161 339 2345 or email if you would like to discuss how we can support you during this confusing and difficult time.

Click here for dedicated coronavirus information and advice for residents, charities, and community and voluntary groups in Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside.