Day Centre to Re-open on 7 March 2022

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During December 2021 and January 2022 there was a high incidence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.  As a consequence the Government put a number of precautions, known as Plan B, in place.

On 22 December 2021 our members were notified that it had been decided that we would not re-open the Headway North Cumbria Day Centre on 10 January 2022, as originally planned, but that re-opening would be delayed until the situation becomes clearer and we could be confident about re-opening safely. 

With a fall in the number of COVID-19 cases in Cumbria and the Government’s recent relaxing of precautionary measures it has been decided that we will re-open the Day Centre on Monday 7 March 2022.  The venue will be the New Waterton Hall and timings will be 13:30 – 15:00 – as they were at the end of 2021.   The Day Centre will run on a weekly basis thereafter, except on Bank Holidays.


The intent is to start with a limited range of activities on offer, with a view to gradually building up to the offering of pre-COVID levels after Easter.  This is subject to having sufficient volunteers to organise and facilitate activities.  In particular the following should be noted:

–   No crafts on 7 March 2022, though dominoes will be offered.  7 March will be used to discuss intentions with members and to establish their ideas regarding the way ahead for the Day Centre.

–   Crafts will resume on 14 March 2022.

–   The Annual General Meeting will be held on 21 March 2022.

–   Table tennis / pool table will be introduced, as required, and on demand.

–   Cooking will resume on 25 April 2022 – after the Easter Break.


Members will be aware that, in England, the Government has removed legal restrictions regarding COVID-19 and replaced them with guidance on how to live with COVID-19.  With this in mind we offer the following advice to volunteers, members and carers attending the Day Centre:

 –   test regularly and ideally take a Lateral Flow Test (whilst they are still available free of charge) before attending the Day Centre. 

–   do not attend the Day Centre if you test positive for COVID-19 and/or have symptoms. 

–   ensure that you have been vaccinated.

–   wear a face mask and social distance (where practicable) when you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

–   wash and/or sanitise your hands regularly.