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Special Bulletin – 18th March 2020

from David Griggs, Chairman, Chorleywood U3A

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

I am sure that most of you will have seen that government guidance on COVID-19 changed significantly yesterday, especially with regard to social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. Social mixing in the community is now strongly advised against for those 70+ and for those with an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year), and even advised against for those under 70.

In view of this the Committee have decided on the following steps:

  • All visits, monthly meetings and group meetings involving face-to-face contact will be cancelled until further notice.
  • The Jazz in the Third Age concert which was to be held on the 8th June is also cancelled.
  • The open morning which we were planning to hold on the 3rd June to mark the first ever National U3A day is postponed, provisionally until the 1st October.

No decision has yet been made on the Chorleywood U3A Birthday Celebration which is planned for the 13th July. For now we shall keep this under review.

Where feasible Group Leaders will be exploring ways to keep interest groups active without face-to-face meetings. If you have suggestions on how this might be achieved in groups of which you are a member, please contact your Group Leader. If your interest group has thought of some creative ideas for how to continue to ‘meet’ it would be great to hear from you.

This is going to be a strange time for all of us over the coming weeks. I would urge you to try to stay in touch with other U3A members over the phone, by post, or online and let people know how you would like to stay in touch.

Finally may I thank you for your understanding, and wish you all good health and good luck until we are able to resume our activities.