As our groups start to meet up again in person following the lifting of the majority of Covid restrictions I thought it might be helpful to offer some simple guidelines for members which will help us all to keep safe as far as possible, whilst enjoying our activities. Whilst the vaccine offers significant protection against severe illness for most people, it is not 100% effective and appears to be only around 60% effective at reducing transmission of the Covid delta variant.

All our convenors have been advised of the risk assessments they need to undertake and the arrangements they need to have in place to open in a Covid secure manner. Please help them by following their instructions. This is what you can do as an individual:

1.  Please do not attend an event/interest group meeting/activity if you are feeling unwell.
2.  Continue to wash/sanitise your hands regularly, especially if you are sharing equipment, food, crockery etc with other members.
3.  If you become unwell following contact with other Chalfonts u3a members at a u3a meeting/event and test positive for Covid, please let your group convenor, or Lesley Bedford the group co-ordinator, know immediately.
4.  For each activity and meeting you attend please consider the amount of personal risk you are prepared to take. We are unable to guarantee that you will not come into contact with someone who has covid. Please let your group convenor know if you have any concerns.

We will monitor carefully how the re-opening of our groups is proceeding and adjust our plans as appropriate. We are hoping that a return to in-person meetings indoors can be achieved for our groups over the course of the Autumn.

Jane Barker