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Here is the notice from your Committee from their meeting today (16 March 2020). A flyer will be enclosed with your 'In Touch' magazine.

IMPORTANT- PLEASE READ
CORONAVIRUS AND THE U3A

You will all be familiar with the government’s advice on hand washing to prevent spreading coronavirus and the need to stay home if felling unwell but you may be wondering how this will affect U3A activities in Luton. Here is a summary of our current advice as of Monday 16th March. For more general advice visit www.nhs.uk and please follow advice from the government on a daily basis.

Will the monthly general meeting take place?

In order to help our vulnerable age group to stay away from large gatherings we are cancelling the next TWO meetings on March 30th and April 27th. We will review this for the AGM and June meetings and we will make an announcement on the website http://u3asites.org.uk/luton and on our voicemail which you can hear by calling 01582 803923 – where you can also leave a message. Please check these for updated information as they are the most effective ways we have of keeping you informed. Thank you.

Note: renewal forms will need to be sent by post with a sae whilst meetings are suspended.

Will U3A activity groups continue to meet?

If the government advises that elderly people should stay home then groups should be suspended. In the meantime, group leaders and hosts can decide on an individual basis. They will need to take into account the activity, the venue, available hand washing facilities and how practical it is for members to keep their distance from each other. We hope that members will understand and support them if they decide to exercise caution and suspend the group for a while. Please stay away from the group meetings if you have a new, persistent cough or a fever, however mild, to protect other more vulnerable members.

We respect that many individual members may be practising “social distancing” and will decide not to attend their regular groups. You must let your group leader know as soon as you decide this so that if numbers are too low for a worthwhile meeting the other members can be notified of a cancellation. All Group Contacts are listed in the newsletter. Please check that your Group Leader has your up to date contact telephone number or email.

If you are isolating yourself (due to fever or respiratory symptoms or because you have been in contact with a coronavirus patient) and you have recently attended a U3A activity, you must let the Group Leader know so they can notify other members. If your activity takes place in a public venue the Group Leader should also let the venue know.

When will U3A activities start again if they are suspended?

Government advice suggests that the outbreak may not peak until May or June so we will follow advice and only resume meeting when it is safe to do so. We may also need to move our U3A Drop-In Day to October 1st. (to be confirmed). In the meantime please stay in touch with your U3A friends by phone, email or social media and maybe groups can think about having online games or discussions to continue their activities. To find out what the national virtual U3A can offer, check out www.vu3a.org (An extra membership fee applies).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
With all good wishes from the U3A Luton Executive.

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I have now set up a facebook page for our Luton U3A. You have to answer a simple question to join it so if you use facebook please take a look and join it. It would be good to get as many of our members joining in as possible. As time goes on Hilary and I will be adding as much as we can to keep you all in touch with what is happening in other U3As and helping you through these difficult times. search for Luton U3A to join

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