Covid 19

Covid 19

Covid19 : Out of lockdown. 

5th April 2021. 

The Prime Minister has today announced that the planned partial lifting of restrictions on 12th April will go ahead. 

Previously Step 1 was of two parts: the 8th March saw children return to school and from the 29th March, when most schools broke up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people or 2 households allowed. The stay at home rule ended on 29th March but many restrictions still remain in place. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis, open-air swimming pools and netball courts were allowed to re-open and people may take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Step 2. (READ MORE) 

4th January 2021

The Prime-Minister has tonight announced a third national lockdown. This is in response to rising cases of Covid-19 across the county & the threat of hospitals being overwhelmed. 

Further details of what you can & cannot do are available at 

We in Cumbria, and more particularly here in Eden, far from living in a cosy, safe, rural backwater, have seen the County propelled into the news as cases have soared, driven by the more infectious new variant. Only yesterday our Director of Public Health & CCC Exec Director (People) wrote to the DfE asking that primary schools in the County be added to the Contingency Framework of schools not expected to open today (secondary schools were not due to open till later) In his tweet about this Colin Cox said “rates in Carlisle & Eden are now very high & …rates in Barrow, Copeland & Allerdale are doubling every 4-5 days. …Hospitals are under pressure. We do not have the capacity in the NHS to respond to further increases in rates.” The North Cumbria Integrated Care trust yesterday also announced a level 4 alert meaning the pressures on the service were such that the organisation was unable to deliver comprehensive care and there was increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.  (READ MORE)


u3a – Covid-19 advice on u3a activities

U3A National Guidance for England from 2nd Dec. Cumbria is in Tier 2″. (Read More) For Tier 1 / 2 / 3 Tables and more information.



Covid-19 Update

Guidance from 2nd Dec 2020 

We have been living under lockdown restrictions since the 5th November and these national rules are still in place until Wednesday 2nd December, when new restrictions apply. There are 3 different tiers of restrictions, with the previously introduced tier rules being strengthened. It is therefore important that everyone reads the new rules to ensure they are following up to date guidance. They are available on this link:  Local restriction tiers: what you need to know – GOV.UK ( 

Cumbria has been placed in Tier 2. This means that as well as the usual hygiene advice and social distancing and face covering rules, you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting and you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside (rule of 6).  (Read More)


Penrith and North Lakes u3a 

   Keeping safe and activities in the time of Covid-19.

During lockdown our very active & wide-ranging groups were no longer able to meet in person. Some groups such as Philosophy & Languages moved on-line and have continued to meet up using Zoom or Google Meet. Other groups such as Architecture have used e-mail, researching topics & submitting word documents for others to read & comment on. Other groups have suggested topics or visits for individuals to pursue at their leisure. (Read More)

1st October 2020: COVID-19 ALERT FOR CUMBRIA 

The following alert has appeared on the Cumbria County Council website: 

“Following a doubling of the new COVID-19 cases within Cumbria over the last week, new public health advice for the county has now been introduced. (Read More)

Protect your community message as two-household advice extended to whole county (LINK)


1st October 2020: COVID-19 ALERT FOR CUMBRIA 

The following alert has appeared on the Cumbria County Council website: 

“Following a doubling of the new COVID-19 cases within Cumbria over the last week, new public health advice for the county has now been introduced. 

By law in England people must not meet indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people. In addition, from 1 October 2020 people living in Cumbria are being strongly advised that groups of six should include people from no more than TWO households.

The new advice was agreed by local political leaders through the county’s Area Outbreak Board, following recommendations from the multi-agency Health Protection Board. It will be reviewed on a weekly basis by the Health Protection Board.

The new advice is not law and the exemptions that apply to the national ‘Rule of Six’ still apply.”

The following statements have been reported by ITV news:  

We know that limiting contact between households can reduce transmission. The ‘two-households’ advice we’re issuing today doesn’t have the force of law behind it, but we’re calling on everyone living in Cumbria to take it seriously and act accordingly. This is about local people taking responsible, proportionate, action to protect themselves, their families and their communities from this disease.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council

Without action we can expect the number of cases, disruption to schools and businesses, hospitalisations and ultimately deaths to continue to rise. Following the ‘two-households’ advice, alongside hand washing, face coverings and social distancing, can make a difference, but we need everyone to take heed and act.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council

Protect your community message as two-household advice extended to whole county. (LINK)

Zoom Video Conferencing Calendar. This is a 3 month rolling calendar showing dates and times that are available to groups to hold remote online meetings / sessions.

Zoom Conferencing Calendar Link

Zoom Video Conferencing Calendar. This is a 3 month rolling calendar showing dates and times that are available to groups to hold remote online meetings / sessions. Members can use this to check when their group has a conference session. Conveners wishing to use Zoom, please contact :-

Alan Beale.

U3A Penrith Guidance for Group Meetings. In the light of new government guidelines from 4 July, groups that wish to meet in the open air, should not be discouraged providing they follow the guidelines strictly.  However many of our members are vulnerable and many may not feel confident yet to take part in any groups even within guidelines. 

This means: 

Groups of no larger than six people. 
Meeting only outdoors. 
It is permitted to go inside to the toilet. 
Social distancing of 2m should still be observed.

Scam Alert Continued
‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’
‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’
‘Right. Um… so ….’
But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’
‘Ok (gave address)’
‘Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.’
‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’
‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £500 for the kit, and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’
‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’
‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’
Puts phone down.
Checks have been made with a Government Tracer who said – THIS IS A SCAM. ‘This is not how we work. There is no payment details of any kind taken by ANY of our teams. Please ,please do not give out your bank or payment details to anyone saying they are from track and trace. Track and trace will only confirm details with you and offer advice, they will not ask for any bank or payment details EVER. We will tell you who we are looking to speak to, we will give you the phone number and website to confirm who we are’. 

Kind regards and please stay safe
Joe Murray QPM
Message Sent By
Joseph Murray (NHWN, Administrator, Cumbria)

Cumbria Police Bulletin

I have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. The scams take several forms which include (so far):

  • Individuals in some areas, posing as Medical Staff conducting Covid-19 tests in your home.  
  • Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website
  • Messages claiming to be from the Centre for Disease Control or from the World Health Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment.
  • Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious.
  • Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

Please don’t allow allow anyone into your homes to conduct tests.

Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source.

Please be aware that fraudsters will go to great lengths to make their communications with you look genuine. 

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are likely to continue using the anxiety it generates to trick people out of their personal data and hard earned money.

More than ever, as a community you need to be aware of those in your locality who are elderly, live alone and who are vulnerable.

Please look after and support each other

Joe Murray QPM

Mike Head 07963 904925


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, so we have set out our response to the most commonly asked questions. Read More

Support available for those struggling with family pressures and those affected by Domestic Abuse Read More

Zoom Tutorial. If you would like to use Zoom but not sure how please use the link below for a beginners tutorial :-

Directory of Community Support for the Eden Area: This is a weekly updated directory of community support, aiming to give information and details of useful contacts during these challenging timesRead More (Downloads Document)

Newsletter for the Eden Area – Mental Health & Wellbeing: Tips for Supporting your Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Read More (Downloads Document)

Support available for those struggling with family pressures and those affected by Domestic Abuse Read More

Local Support Group. Members might like to know there is a local corona support group. Its web site is .

Coronavirus Update

During these difficult times Penrith and North Lakes U3A should be providing help and support to people in their homes. Some groups are already doing this. Could I ask group leaders to look at on line systems for communication. I can suggest Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, What’s App or, limited to 40 minutes as a free system, Zoom. The bridge group are trialling online games.At the same time we know many of our members have no internet access or live in areas where it is weak. We must also consider ways to involve them using their landline phones.U3A has always been about supporting our members and groups will know who their vulnerable people are and should check on them. I would welcome any feedback about ideas that have worked that we can pass on to other groups or any other observations. My email address is and landline 01768 606627. Other committee members will be happy to receive them. These will be put on our home page of the web site. The ones you are interested in can be expanded.We are a great community and we will survive this together.

Mike Head 07963 904925

Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

Government Advice

German virtual meetings

The German group are using Zoom to meet for 40 minutes every fortnight. At our first meeting we worked through our usual set of questions based on a Deutsche Welle TV news item and watched a video on the impact of the Coronavirus in Germany. Our next meeting will concentrate on speaking German, each person preparing to speak auf Deutsch on how the crisis is affecting them.