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COVID-19 and Community Halls


Council-owned Community Halls to reopen from 17 June

From Wednesday 17 June, Council owned community halls will reopen under 'COVID-19 Safe' guidelines and requirements as outlined by NSW Government. Please contact the relevant Community Hall manager or booking officer for further details and information regarding each specific facility.

Community Halls and COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council-owned community centres and halls will reopen for use under NSW Government's 'COVID-19 Safe' requirements from 17 June 2020.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and the members of the community remains our top priority and appropriate health and safety measures will be in place and must be adhered to.

Community centres and halls are a much loved part of our community life, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to face this unprecedented global health challenge.

Opening Restrictions and Limitations (**NB - Updated as at 13 June)

Council's community centres and halls will open from 17 June 2020 with the following guidelines in place:

  • Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres, including staff members, at any time.
  • Adhere to hygiene and 1.5m physical distancing requirements.
  • Venue managers and hirers must have a COVID-Safety Plan in place (see below).
  • Community centres can be open with no capacity limitations:
    • to provide a service to assist vulnerable members of the public,
    • as an early education and care facility, and
    • for counselling or support group services.
  • Where community centres or community halls are used for the purposes of fitness, gyms, Pilates, yoga and dance, they can have:
    • 20 or less participants, excluding any person conducting the class and parents, guardians or carers of participants.

NSW Government Advice and Action Plan and Checklists

Under Public Health Orders, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for how you will keep your participants, volunteers and workers safe. Operators and facility hirers are required to be aware of their responsibilities and ensure the following is in place:

COVID-19 Safety Plan




To help you create and maintain a safe environment for all volunteers, workers and visitors, you are required to complete your COVID-19 Safety Plan in consultation with your team and share it with them.

This will help you manage your venue safely for all users. As restrictions and advice changes, you will need to review and update this plan as required.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan must include consideration of:

  • wellbeing of staff and visitors
  • physical distancing requirements
  • hygiene and cleaning
  • record keeping (see form below)

Record Keeping


We've prepared an easy to use form which you can download and print. Keep a record of name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, volunteers, participants, visitors and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely




Council's team has installed signs and posters around the community centres and halls to remind venue operators and users of the risks of COVID-19 and the measures necessary to stop its spread.

Signage includes capacity limitations specific to the venue size.

You can access additional signage via NSW Government's website as required.

COVIDSafe App The COVIDSafe App is available via the Apple Store or Google Play Store and will assist with contact tracing if required.

More information

For more information regarding the use and management of Community Halls and Community Centres under COVID-19 specific guidelines, please visit NSW Government's website.


This page was last updated on: 13 June 2020