Restarting Normal Activities


Current Advice from The Third Age Trust (TAT) - 21st December

A summary table of U3A advice can be seen by clicking on Latest TAT Advice.
This advice does not impose any additional restrictions for Wales, over and above those in the Welsh government regulations and guidance. However, it does limit indoor activities in England tier 2 & 3 areas to family groups only.

Welsh Government Statements

Wales is in a Level 4 lockdown, the highest possible. The new Coronavirus Control Plan has a useful table of regulatory restrictions at each of the four new alert levels. Guidance is also available on Alert Level 4.

UK Government Statements

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown for England, under which people should stay at home except for limited specific reasons. Information is available at National Lockdown Guidance.

Face Coverings - Wales and England

Face coverings are required in all indoor public places. The only indoor public areas where face coverings are not required are where you are inside a place to eat or drink, for example, cafés, restaurants and pubs. However, you will need to wear a face covering unless you are actually eating or drinking.

Travel Restrictions - Wales and England

Under Level 4 restrictions, travel within Wales is limited to essential travel only and travel into Wales is prohibited from England tier 3 & 4 areas.
In England, you may only leave home for limited specific reasons.

Getting Our U3A Back to Normal

With the various UK governments frequently changing advice and restrictions, we are actively looking at how and when groups can go back to in-person meetings. In preparation for a return to normal activities this web page will display the most up-to-date information. Here is the procedures that we have to follow.

  • In order that any return to ‘normal’ activities is properly managed, the committee has decided that no U3A group should resume face-to-face activities without the specific approval of the committee. This is to ensure that our duty of care to our members is fulfilled. Until the restart of an activity has been approved, it cannot take place as a U3A activity and would not be covered by U3A public liability insurance.
  • The committee will take on board advice from TAT and formulate advice on the measures that we consider should be taken to ensure the risks to members are sufficiently low to allow face-to-face activities to take place. The TAT has confirmed that risk assessments are required, both for the activity and for each member participating.
  • When government guidance and TAT advice indicate that face-to-face activities may resume, we will ask conveners of groups that wish to restart such activities to agree a risk assessment to be submitted to the committee, taking account of the advice provided and showing how the risks would be managed for the particular activity. The committee will provide support and assistance in preparing risk assessments.
  • If the committee give approval to restart, participating members will need to review the approved activity risk assessment and carry out their own personal risk assessment, taking account of their individual circumstances, before deciding whether they wish to participate.

Please be assured that the committee wants normal activities to be able to resume as soon as it is safe and legal to do so and will do our best to facilitate this. In the meantime we will continue to promote our ‘Virtual U3A’ activities.

Maximum Group Sizes

Wales is in Alert level 4 (Lockdown) from Sunday 20th December. Under Level 4 restrictions, travel within Wales is restricted to essential purposes only. In England, a national lockdown has been announced.

From Sunday 20th December until further notice, there must be no face-to-face Chepstow U3A activities.

See the table below for maximum group sizes under different restriction levels/tiers:

ActivityLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4
Walking Groups100303003030300
Cycling100151506660See notes
Outdoor groups (public spaces)30303006660
Outdoor groups (private gardens)64006600
Indoor groups (exercise)50151506660
Indoor groups (community centres etc.)50151506000
Indoor groups (private homes)60000000

Cycling: multiple separate groups of 6 are allowed in England, except in tier 4.

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.

Monthly Meetings and Tuesday Live

Monthly Meetings. At the moment our best guess is that the earliest we will be able to use the Drill Hall is after Easter 2021 and if the current social distancing rules are still applicable then numbers will be limited to less than 40. We may then be looking at having a ‘live’ meeting with a smaller number of members present that is ‘Zoomed’ out to other members on the internet.

Tuesday Live. Our twice monthly sessions on Zoom will therefore continue until Easter 2021 at least.

However, the situation is so unpredictable that all of this may change.