Lockdown easing delayed: what community groups needs to know

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

This week the government announced that they would be pausing at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap to the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions due to the increase of the Delta variant. This means that Step 3 coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You can read more here: Covid-19 Coronavirus Restrictions, what you can and cannot do.

It is expected that the earliest we will now move to Step 4 is on 19 July 2021. However, all organisations should continue to check government updates for any changes to this.

For most charities and community groups there is little change at present to the previous restrictions. Therefore you will still need to have a Covid-19 risk assessment in place to identify and reduce the risk of transmission when delivering services. Your charity or community group may still plan and deliver in-person services as long as you follow the relevant government guidance for the area of work and your services are Covid-19 secure. RVA can help advise you if you are unsure, so please do get in touch with us.

Further support and resources for your charity or community group:
NCVO Coronavirus Guidance: Managing Covid Risk
-RVA Slides: Reopening your premises session 27 May 2021, which includes guidance on how to complete a risk assessment and additional resources.
RBC has launched two funding pots to help community groups
-Contact Herjeet at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk for 1:1 advice for your community group or charity.

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