Bathurst's University of the Third Age [U3A] will stick to online classes throughout their third term of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The U3A's committee recently convened to discuss the reopening of face-to-face classes and, with the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, decided to persist with online lessons.
"Because the U3A's membership predominantly consists of an age group at risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19, we feel it's too early for us to resume normal operations," Bathurst U3A president Irene Hancock said.
"We have been running classes online via Facebook, Zoom and email mediums, and expect this to continue throughout term three."
The U3A's third term commenced on Monday, and will run until September 18, with around 50 courses running each week.
Ms Hancock said the U3A community is closely following state government guidelines to determine future directions.
"The state government's direction is to avoid all non-essential travel and social gatherings, and the committee felt that it would have contravened the government directions to restart face-to-face classes at this time," she said.
"The U3A Committee is aware of the important function and service we provide to Bathurst and surrounding communities."
The U3A devise a wide range of courses each year that encourage senior citizens to take part in insightful group activities.
For more information, visit bathurst.u3anet.org.au or contact 6331 5760.