1. Document Control

2. Introduction

2.1. Purpose

The Third Age Trust has put together its guidance on coronavirus as related to the movement. We continue to follow the government and NHS advice and will keep you updated with regular mailings when the advice changes.

2.2. Scope

Relevant to all u3as in Wales

2.3. Related documentation

3. Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert levels in Wales. Coming out of Lockdown and FAQs
 

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2021-02/coronavirus-control-plan-alert-levels-in-wales-coming-out-of-lockdown.pdf

3.1 Summary Table

Wales is currently transitioning out of Alert Level 4 and into Alert Level 3 from 26th April. There are three key dates in this transition period the details of which are summarised in the table below.

WALES

How many people outdoors

Meeting indoors

Travel

Premitted Activities

From 26th April As the 24th April, 6 people from 6 households can meet in outdoor public spaces. Still remain within household or extended household indoors. Indoor leisure and fitness facilities must remain closed. No travel restrictions. Organised outdoor activities will be permitted for up to 30 people following the necessary precautions and u3a process to resume activities.
From 3rd May   Bubbles of two households can meet indoors.   Gyms and leisure centres can reopen for individual exercise.

 

3.2 What is the procedure I must follow in order to resume my interest group activities face to face?

It is imperative that we follow the government guidance as we move through the steps of lockdown easing. Their aim is to be guided by the evidence at each step of the road map and we must follow their lead and recommendations at all times, remaining vigilant and flexible to their latest guidance whilst planning for the return journey for the members in our various interest groups.

To summarise the u3a procedure for resuming an activity or interest group is as follows:-

  • Inform your committee of your plans and preparations for resuming
  • Where appropriate download and follow a relevant Risk Assessment from a National Governing Body for your sporting activity (see links below) or use an appropriate u3a risk assessment template for your activity.
  • Inform your members of what to expect and how to prepare for returning
  • Ask members to complete a personal assessment (pre-attendance) before attending.
  • Please ensure you are following the most current government guidance on social distancing, and maintaining Covid-secure requirements at all times. For instance you may be required to continue to keep a register of participants for 21 days after the activity for Track and Trace beyond the roadmap.

3.3 What do we do if a member is not having the vaccine for health or personal reasons?

At present, there is no mandate from the Government that people must have the vaccine therefore the Trust will not be issuing any requirements that members must have the vaccine or that they can’t take part in activities without having had their vaccines.

3.4 When can we restart our walking groups

The Welsh Government roadmap for lifting lockdown means people in Wales can now meet for ‘organised walking groups’ with up to 30 participants if you have followed the appropriate safety measures outlined in 3.2 above. We advise that group leaders follow the Ramblers Risk Assessment

3.5 Where can I get information about return to play from National Governing Bodies of sports organisations

This link will take you to a list of some of these bodies in Wales https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sports_governing_bodies_in_Wales

3.6 When can we resume playing golf?

From Saturday 24th April 3&4 ball golf can return across Wales permitting up to 6 people to play together. Visit the WalesGolf site to find out more information.

3.7 When can u3a interest groups resume face to face meetings indoors?

At present, it looks like small groups following the ‘rule of 6’ could begin to start meeting from the 17th May in covid-secure premises, following social distancing in-line with venue capacity limitations.

The Welsh Minister is due to announce further guidance on 23rd April.