Published Thursday, 24 December 2020
Those who find themselves alone or in need of support can enjoy a hot meal safely over the Christmas period thanks to Coventry Open Christmas.
The event has been significantly scaled down for this year with additional measures required to reduce the risk of COVID transmission while continuing to feed the most vulnerable, over the festive period.
Coventry Open Christmas will operate from St Peter’s Centre, Hillfields, and will be open between 4pm – 7pm on 24, 26-28 December and from 12noon – 4pm on Christmas Day to offer people a hot meal at their own socially distanced table. There are 21 places for people to eat safely which will be disinfected after use and guests will be required to wear a mask when not seated and hand sanitiser – each are provided on arrival. Anyone arriving when tables are full will be given a hot meal to take away. Additionally, both guests attending and volunteers will be required to provide contact details which will be used for NHS Test and Trace, if required.
Cllr David Welsh, St Michael’s Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said:
“This has been an exceptional year but despite this there have been so many examples of the community, charities and other agencies rallying to support those most in need.
“We realise that everyone is having to make a lot of sacrifices this year and especially in how they will be celebrating Christmas. Like many organisations, Coventry Open Christmas has been affected as a result of Covid, but I’m delighted that they will be able to put on a Covid secure event.
“Public Health and the Police have worked closely with the organisers of Coventry Open Christmas to make sure that all volunteers, those attending, and local residents can be confident that their safety is taken seriously whilst offering this vital support. I hope it is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”