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Plymouth u3a will follow the government and NHS advice on Covid-19.

The advice is that everyone should stop social contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in ‘at risk groups’ are to be shielded from social contact. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.

For those who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, we strongly suggest you read the Public Health England document for Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Vaccinations

There has been some discussion amongst members about the impact of a vaccination on members attending activities in a u3a.

On this matter, the policy guidance for the movement from the Trust will follow UK-wide government advice as well as the expert public health guidance of each of the nation’s governments (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the Crown dependencies). Currently all nations are in lockdown so no face to face activity is permitted.

Latest u3a Covid-19 Advice and Guidance

The rules vary depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. To find out what this means for u3as in each nation, please read the full advice on the u3a National Website at Covid-19 advice on u3a activities.

With the current lockdown in England (as from 5th January 2021) there are no u3a activities that could take place at this time.

From 12th April: Outdoor meetings for interest groups of up to six people, socially distanced, are allowed.

From 17th May: Outdoor meetings for interest groups of up to thirty people, socially distanced, are allowed. Indoor meetings for interest groups of up to six people, socially distanced, are allowed.

From 21st June: All legal limits to social contact to be removed. Interest groups of any size free to meet Indoors and Outdoors.

Keeping Active

Please see our Keeping Active page.

Video Conferencing

Group leaders are encouraged to use video conferencing as a way of mainntaining contact and retaining interest amoung group members.  See either u3a – Video Conferencing FAQs or Plymouth u3a – Help with Zoom.

Cancellation of all u3a Meetings

The health and wellbeing of our members is our primary concern and the committee have unanimously agreed that we should all adhere to the government’s advice. As such, please note the following:

  • All monthly Plymouth u3a General Meetings will be cancelled until further notice;
  • All u3a group meetings are put on hold until further notice. I would ask all Group Leaders to contact their team members personally to confirm this. (Please note: as the instruction to suspend group meetings is directed by the Third Age Trust please be aware that should any group continue to meet, they will not not have any insurance cover);

The committee would urge everyone to be conscious of those who are living alone or most vulnerable and wherever possible stay in touch by phone or email. These are very difficult times for us all and we sincerely hope everyone remains healthy throughout. We look forward to reinstating our U3A activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please also adhere to the government advice. For the latest on the government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance see National lockdown: Stay at Home.

Also we suggest everyone look to the National Health Service for information and guidance.  See nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Third Age Trust also has regularly updated information to help u3a members in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. See u3a.org.uk/covid-19.

Any Group Leaders who are concerned about finance issues (room rental, insurance etc.,) arising from meeting cancellations should initially contact John Jarvis using the Contact Form. To contact any other committee member please also use the Contact Form.

Meanwhile the Executive Committee wishes you all well.