The government has announced new measures to control the spread of COVID-19. From Monday 14 September, social gatherings of more than six people from different households are banned in England. 

Find out more here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September

We understand that the new legislation can have a significant impact on how many organisations and community centres are operating. Although we cannot provide any specific advice on interpreting the rules, we are working with partners to collate relevant information below to guide you.

Please note that the information available on this page is based only on the same guidance as is publicly available and the legislation will prevail in case of any conflicts between the content of this page and applicable legislation.


Referring to Community Centres:

See the UK Government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

In summary, we understand from the document above that 

  • People coming to a Community Centre must come in groups of no more than 6
  • In each activity or event, the rule of 6 applies (unless there is an exception)
  • But the venue could host more people in total (i.e. in concurrent events in separate spaces/rooms), as long as the building is following the Covid-19 secure guidelines as a whole, and working to avoid interactions

 We recommend that venues and the organisers of activities work together to assess each case and make sure the activity is lawful and COVID-secure, as both will be held accountable for their actions.

Please see below some specific guidance for
See available guidance for sport and physical activities