Here at Active Age for All in August we were dipping our toes further into the waters of the ‘new normal’ and we were trying out returning to classes that are normally held indoors. It would be fair to say that it has been most challenging. The Covid Response Team (7 members of the Committee) met to get to grips with the logistics of this venture and were aware of the responsibility that they were about to take on. We had voices of caution and these were important to listen to. It helped us challenge every decision and to be as prepared as we could be.The DPCC Sports Hall was available. It was a wonderful test ground. Lots of space and many doors and windows allowed plenty of air to circulate. The Covid Response Team arrived early in the planning to make sure that ‘x’ marked the spot for returning members. The Management Team at DPCC were keen to have our members back and gave us great assistance. The classes that were trialled were those that really did not require any shared equipment (sanitising for that is a whole different ballgame!) After much work we had the following classes available - Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga with Magda, Stronger for Longer, Art and Sit and Get Fit. So how are we moving forward? As we move to making the plans for late September a few things have become clear. The new Gael Scoil, for the next few months, will be using the Studios in DPCC each day until early afternoon. This space will not be no longer available to us at our usual times. Some of the spaces we used for languages and music are too small for social distancing and they will need to use a bigger area. We cannot fit everything into the afternoons that are available. We may have to trim our offering. We are working closely with DPCC to see if we can come up with a possible solution. These are all questions that are in a state of flux!So, if you want to keep on exercising? Our classes came to an end when the Community College re-opened and we know that many will be wanting to continue to stay active. There are possible on-line resources such as Siel Bleu Ireland you can follow. Siel Bleu are a not for profit organisation who provide life enhancing exercise programmes to older adults. Have a look at their YouTube material. There are continuous articles available too on the following link - https://agefriendlyireland.ie/news/ Good for exercising the mind but also some for the body.Finally - we would like to wish Wayne and his team at Café Natural continuing best wishes on their re-opening. If it is a nice day, go along and have a cuppa and a cake and invite a friend to join you. Some of us will also want a breakfast before our language class!