Where Census Support Centres can open

We have been working hard to be able to safely and legally open our Census Support Centres. In line with the latest Coronavirus Regulations that came into force on Monday 8 March we are pleased that the following centres can open depending on individual site risk assessments and local restrictions.

Centres that can open

Centres set up in the following establishments have permission to open to the public:

  • Community centres, halls, hubs, facilities, or resource centres
  • Church halls
  • Libraries
  • Council run buildings (except establishment types not allowed to open, for example, leisure centres)
  • Schools or colleges
  • Job Centres
  • Health & wellbeing centres (medical)

Centres that can open conditionally

Community recreation centres

A Census Support Centre set up in this establishment type can open if it’s an adaptable community space. For example, it could be used for childcare provision, hosting social and recreational clubs or other activities.

It cannot open if it is a fixed indoor sporting venue, for example a leisure centre or squash court.

Shopping centre

A Census Support Centre set up in this establishment type can open if using a stand in a communal area or if it is within a shop or business that is allowed to open under existing guidelines.

Town/village hall

A Census Support Centre set up in this establishment type can open if the hall is considered to be a community hall, supporting various activities and services. It can also open if the hall is a council space from which administration is performed.

It cannot open if the hall has no other regular community use.

Citizens’ Advice Bureaux (CAB)

A Census Support Centre set up in this establishment type can open if the CAB occupies its own building, or part of a building that can open under existing guidelines.

Community radio stations

A Census Support Centre set up in this establishment type can open if it occupies its own building, or part of a building that can open under existing guidelines.

Training centres and adult education centres

A Census Support Centre set up in these establishment types can open if they are within a building that is allowed to open.

Centres that cannot open

Centres cannot open if they are located in establishments that have been told to close, such as:

  • Leisure centres
  • Health & wellbeing centres (leisure/spa)
  • Cinemas
  • Arts centres
  • Sports clubs
  • Social clubs