This advice is as of 15th May 2021, please note that advice is expected to change in the coming weeks. Please check Wokingham u3a website and the Third Age Trust website for up to date instructions.

Any queries, please contact: groupscoordinator@wokinghamu3a.org.uk

General:

  • We need to act within government guidance. All the advice is based on that and note that guidance is silent on vaccinations so far.
  • We have no right to collect or store health records of members and therefore cannot keep records of who is or is not vaccinated. 
  • With both of the above and following equality legislation it is not possible to exclude any persons.

Rule of 6 interest groups

The government will review the guidance on contacts between friends and family indoors at Step 3. This is At step 3 permitted activities can take place within Covid-secure venues within the capacity limits set. It is currently not known whether groups of people will still be required to socially distance from others not in their household. When social contact rules are issued it should then become possible to work out whether Covid-secure capacity limits can increase.

We have been advised that if  Step 3 proceeds as planned, u3as could organise multiple groups of 6 in the same space, as long as they do not interact with anyone outside the group of 6 they are attending with.

What safety protocols should be in place for indoor activities

The Social Distancing requirements: Reducing risk of transmission remains essential. Government Guidance on safe opening of community facilities emphasises the importance of ensuring adherence to social distancing of 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2m is not viable), such as face coverings, good hygiene, and ventilation. Those leasing the venue you are using should have identified an advisory limit on the maximum numbers able to use the facility

Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn inside village and community halls. The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed to ACRE that: “On entering a village hall, you will be required to wear a face covering, and will be required to keep it on, unless you are covered under a ‘reasonable excuse’.

Managing Seating: Seating needs to be provided in a way which ensures social distancing can be maintained between individuals or groups, which should be no more than 6 unless they are a group of two households. 

What must u3a members who organise groups and events do

Check with the venue management for information about their Covid Secure procedures and Covid-capacity limits of space and hall hire.

Complete a risk assessment and produce a plan for your activity that takes into account appropriate spacing and seating, management of members on arrival and departure, following the u3a procedure for resuming an activity or event which is as follows:-

  1. Complete an appropriate risk assessment/check for your activity and submit to your groups coordinator for approval prior to resuming an activity
  2. Inform your committee of your plans and preparations for resuming the activity
  3. Share this initial risk assessment with your members so they know what to expect and how to prepare for returning
  4. Ask members to consider their own circumstances before undertaking to join the activity
  5. Please ensure you are following the most current government recommendations and guidance on social distancing, and maintaining Covid-secure requirements at all times. For instance, you will be required to continue to keep a register of participants for 21 days after the activity for Track and Trace beyond the roadmap.
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