COVID restrictions: FAQs for voluntary, community and faith organisations

If you run a community group or organisation in Birmingham, it’s important for you to know that voluntary sector activity is still allowed, and that you can continue to support those in need in the city, as long as you do so safely.

In most cases, you will simply need to follow the government guidance for that activity. However, some activities do not clearly fall into a set of guidelines.

FAQs for community organisations

To try and support all types of voluntary and community activities, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) has produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions for voluntary, community and faith organisations.

Please note that the document sets out the understanding of the current situation from BVSC, but each venue, organisation and activity lead needs to consider their own circumstances and current official guidance.

Current official guidance

The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:

  • prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
  • ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
  • ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work

For the latest government guidance, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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