Stop Press - Spring Term Start Date Delayed

You may be aware that Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals have declared a “critical incident “ which means there is a crisis and they lack staff and beds to treat people.
The testing regime has changed and people just need to test via lateral flow tests, but therein lies a problem because of shortage of supply. Many people cannot get hold of lateral flow tests. Clearly we cannot ask people to do lateral flow tests, if they cannot source the tests prior to attending classes, or if they feel that they have symptoms, or they have come into contact with a person, who has let them know that they have tested positive for Covid-19.
We have an elderly age range in our classes, who in many cases are vulnerable and could be at risk from more severe side effects from Covid-19.
We also know that case numbers for the over 60’s are starting to rise. According to latest data 1 in 15 people are testing positive for Covid-19 and many have been vaccinated.
Another concern is if a member were to fall or have a health incident, which required treatment, the ambulance service is so stretched that a leader and class member may be forced to wait many hours for an ambulance to arrive.
The Committee feel that there are rather too many risks, particularly as people cannot get lateral flow tests and check if they have Covid-19 and may therefore spread Covid-19 inadvertently to other class members. We all have a duty of care to each other and should do our utmost to support the NHS at this time.
We feel that it is prudent to delay the start of classes this term by 3 weeks. These could be added on to the end of term as Good Friday is on 15 April. This would mean starting on Monday 31 January and finishing on Friday 8 April.

Please would leaders let members who don't have email know about the delay in starting this term.
This news is not what we would want but it is done with members best interests in mind and we hope that you will understand the need for these changes to the term timetable.
January 2022

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