Covid Updates


Coronavirus Precautions

Participants in face-to-face activities should consider having the booster vaccination following the first two jabs. However, due to timing or medical reasons, some people may not be able to have all these vaccinations. For maximum protection, it would be reasonable for groups to require either full vaccination or a negative lateral flow test for those who have not yet had the vaccine/booster.

The other point that has come to the fore is the benefit of good ventilation in indoor venues. This will reduce the build-up of virus particles in the room if, despite all precautions, there is an infected person present. This obviously applies to flu and other viruses as well as Covid and lower numbers of virus particles reduce the likelihood of infection.

Coronavirus Testing

If you have no symptoms but want to be tested, you should get a lateral flow test.

You should get a PCR test if you have Covid symptoms:

  • a high temperature and/or
  • a new, continuous cough and/or
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or you have had a positive result from a lateral flow test
or you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

For more detail on which test to have, see which test to choose

To get a lateral flow test by post, go to lateral flow test by post and fill in the required information.

To collect lateral flow test kits, go to collect lateral flow test and fill in the required information. Tests can be collected from Day Lewis Chemists Ltd Beachley Road, Sedbury, NP16 7AA or Merrickā€™s, 13 Steep Street, Chepstow, NP16 5PJ. To find other places where you can collect lateral flow tests, go to find a test location

To get a PCR test, go to get PCR test and fill in the required information.

How to get an NHS COVID Pass

Digital COVID Passes must be requested from the NHS UK website. You cannot use the NHS app to get the COVID Pass if you live in Wales.
To get your digital COVID pass go to NHS COVID Pass
You will need to upload a photo of one of the following:

  • passport
  • full UK driving licence
  • full European driving licence

If you do not have photographic ID or a relevant smart device you will need to request a paper NHS COVID certificate.
You should only request a paper COVID certificate if:

  • you have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine (you should wait 5 days after your final dose before requesting it)
  • you are aged 18 or over
  • you do not have photographic ID

To get a paper COVID certificate, call 0300 303 5667. You can call 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm. It can take up to 10 working days for a certificate to arrive. No requests can be fast tracked and certificates cannot be collected.

Restarting u3a Activities

Most groups are now meeting either face-to-face or by Zoom. Under the regulations for Wales, all organised face-to-face activities remain subject to risk assessment and 'reasonable measures' to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
To restart face-to-face u3a activities, the following are therefore required:

  • Committee approval
  • Compliance with a committee-approved risk assessment

Since 7th August, there are no legal limits on allowable group sizes, including in private houses, although there may still be limits imposed by individual venues.

Face coverings are required in all indoor public places in Wales except:

  • Whilst in premises where food or drink is sold, or otherwise provided, for consumption on the premises
  • Whilst exercising
  • If you have a medical condition which is exacerbated by wearing a face covering

In England it is "expected and recommended" that people should wear face coverings (unless exempt) in crowded public settings such as public transport.

Risk Assessments, Covid Requirements, and Reference Documents

Group Risk AssessmentsActivity Group Risk Assessments. Checklist for completing them. Third Age Trust (TAT) standard Risk Assessment for outdoor groups.
Venue Risk Assessments and RequirementsVenues used by our Groups, their Risk Assessments and Covid conditions of use.
Road Map to Restarting Normal ActivitiesOur planned step by step approach to restarting our Activity Groups.
Latest TAT AdviceCoronavirus advice from the Third Age Trust
Useful InfoLinks to useful information from Government, NHS, TAT, Help Lines.
Ways of Keeping In TouchFrom telephoning to Video Conferencing
Regular Zoom BookingsA guide to which Zoom slots are in regular use

If you require a risk assessment or specific advice for your group, please contact the Secretary