Stanway in Colchester

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

U3A specific guidance:

  • An Outdoor Activity Risk Assessment - Word form is available for Group Leaders of outdoor activities to complete before considering restarting group activity. Note also that U3A insurance may be invalidated if groups do not strictly adhere to current government requirements on social distancing.

Hands. Face. Space.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have Coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

You should avoid all non-essential meetings and interactions. In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on Meeting Others Safely.

Due to frequent updates in COVID-19 measures, please click on the following links to documents that set out the latest Government guidance:

  • Vaccinations-information about the vaccine, how you will be contacted etc.
  • How Test and Trace works- including what happens if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.


What to do if you have symptoms:

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness, however if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible - see Asking for a test.
  • You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. See the full Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Click on: NHS website- COVID-19 symptoms for more details on how to check and what to do if you have Coronavirus symptoms.

Click here: NHS 111 online to use the NHS online Coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Or call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.


Other Information and Resources to help you and others to say safe.

Colchester Borough Council has produced:

Both contain a raft of useful information including contact details and links for a variety of help organisations.

Essex County Council has set up a new service to help vulnerable people in our community who are staying at home and in need of support during the coronavirus period.

If you know of a member, indeed anyone you believe to be vulnerable, who seems to have slipped through the official support network net and have no family, friends or neighbours able to help them with food and essentials and is struggling, please put them in touch with the Essex Welfare Service Hub via and by calling 0300 303 9988, Monday to Friday between 8am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 10am to 2pm.


Beware of Coronavirus scams - see FRAUD ALERTS for details of email, phone and text scams plus doorstep callers using Coronavirus and other opportunities to gain access or trick vulnerable/elderly into parting with money.