The Coronavirus & Gateshead Clubhouse

Latest Update (17/9/20):-

Notice of Changes:

Hi all due to the infection rate rising In Gateshead we have took the decision to reduce the amount of days were open until further notice from Monday 21st September we will be reducing our days from five days to three days we will now be closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays.

Our new opening hours are:

  • Monday @ 11am - 3.30pm
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday @ 11am - 3.30pm
  • Thursday
  • Friday @ 11am - 3.30pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

You 'must' ring (0191 440 9033) on the day you plan on coming to see if there is enough capacity for you to attend as we can only accept 18 members inside the building at any time due to 2 metre social distancing throughout our building.

  • Note: We are closed on Friday 18th of September for deep cleaning and building social distancing restructuring.
  • Note: There is no signing in book your name will be took by a member rep when entering the building for track and trace purposes should it be needed. The member rep will also sign you out when you leave.
  • Please remember to use hand sanitizer on entering and exiting our building there are hand sanitizers at all entrances and exits, and in all the toilets, they're are quite a few dotted around the building too.
  • Always remember to keep 2 metres apart at all times unless you are from the same household or in support bubble and are in group of 6 or less.
  • If you have symptoms please do not attend Gateshead Clubhouse, please get tested for Corona Virus. How and where to get tested linked Here.
  • Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. Guidance Linked Here.

This will be monitored on a ongoing basis and may be subject to change at any time.

Posted 31/8/20:-

Coronavirus Funding Application - BLF

We are pleased to announce that Gateshead Clubhouse have successfully received funding from the Big Lottery Fund which will help us recover the loss of revenue experienced by many during this ongoing crisis.

Covid-19 affects our main income generators that keep us going. Both our room bookings and café takings experienced big losses and continue to be restricted as we slowly return to normality.

This funding will also help us to upgrade our garden area and add new seating areas outside for future picnics / barbeques / outdoor activities along with additional support to our member’s wellbeing through a time that has been difficult for us all.

We are fortunate to have this help and give our sincerest gratitude to the Big Lottery Fund for helping us through, and to those of us who identified and applied!

Posted 2/7/20:-

Gateshead Clubhouse will be re-opening on Monday 6th July 2020
4 days per week with limited availability

Hi All,
From Monday 6th of July Gateshead Clubhouse will be reopening with reduced hours / days & a limit of 18 people at any time allowed into Gateshead Clubhouse.

We will be open 4 days a week.

Please ring (0191 440 9033) on the day you plan on coming to see if there is enough capacity for you to attend!
We can only accept 18 members inside the building at any time currently.

From Monday 6th July We are asking members to call us on the day to see if they can attend, this will be monitored on a ongoing basis and may have change as the weeks go on so we can accommodate as many of our members as we can.

For further information and guidance on Gateshead Clubhouse reopening please read below.
Welcome Back To Clubhouse!
Paul O.

Letter From Tee Morley - Chair of Gateshead Clubhouse:

Hi all and a very warm welcome to everyone who has braved the germs after a 3-month break in service due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

Most importantly you must not attend if you feel unwell and will be asked to leave.
If someone were to contract the disease at Gateshead Clubhouse we may have to shut again.

What's changing?

  • Hand sanitizer & regular hand washing is required inside the building.
  • You must maintain a 2-meter distance from everyone around you at all times.
  • Please stick to the floor markings and signs as indicated. Follow the rules set out for you (see below).
  • Cafe is closed (but you can still bring your own food).
  • 1 person per dining table - please move on after finishing your meal.
  • Pool table is closed.
  • Restricted number of computers usable.
  • Taped areas in toilets are out of bounds.
  • Windows will need to remain open throughout the opening times.

Face Masks are not mandatory but if you feel safer with one on it is your choice.
(Please note - these are all temporary restrictions that may change in due course.)

You’ll definitely find a fair few changes to comply with new laws on social distancing and gathering in groups.

Just before we closed we all started to use hand sanitizer more. When we re-open this is a requirement along with frequent hand washing and vigilance by the member reps to remind folk when they forget to do something.
Unfortunately, if we can't manage the situation to comply with these new laws, we cannot remain open, so it is important for us all to "do our bit".

You will notice there are areas/seating sealed off. This is to comply with a 2-metre rule away from everyone unless you are a in a social ‘bubble’. (You would know).
For the same reason some of the computers are sealed off. Part of the flooring around the main seating area is being used as a ‘racetrack’ with a one-way system in operation so as not to cross paths or bump into folk. Tape on the floor marks where you should queue for the till/drinks station (A bit like Tesco). If in doubt, ask us.

In heavy traffic areas e.g. around the till/drinks trolley/fridges/kitchen; the floor has been sectioned off into squares where each square can only hold one person.
Please be patient with each other and keep your distance at all times.

Only one person is allowed at a dining table at a time so please do not linger in this area when you have finished your food.
There won’t be any cafe food served in the beginning until we work out what we have to do to comply and be safe, but you can bring food in as usual.

In the toilets certain amenities have been taped off to make sure we can easily keep our distance in the smallest room in the house. As a general rule in this case: Tape means no access.

The reps will have more jobs than usual – we will have extra reps about on the first few days just as a standby.

Unfortunately, the pool table is out of use at the moment and groups from adults learning will be operating from their premises. If you need help with a group, please ask a rep.

If we get good weather, we will be opening the fire doors and putting seating out on the grass but in any case, we will have to open the windows at least.

Kind Regards,
Chair of Gateshead Clubhouse
Tee Morley.

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Well done for reading all that (I'm assuming you did..right?).
Anyway here's a happy cat for you.
Hope you're as happy about the news too!