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Organisers of Inverness Foodstuff say it is temporarily closing its popular café for people in need due to Covid, and will offer food outside Ness Bank Church between 1pm and 2.30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays

By Louise Glen

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Ness Bank Church. Picture: James Mackenzie
Ness Bank Church. Picture: James Mackenzie

THE organisers of Inverness Foodstuff have given important update.

The group that provide hot meals to people who are in need, have made the difficult decision to close its café temporarily, due to Covid restrictions.

In a message on its Facebook page, a spokeswoman said: "Giving the growing numbers of Covid-19 Omicron cases and the First Minister’s message yesterday encouraging people to limit contact with other households we have taken the difficult, but necessary, decision to close the café and serve meals from outside the church from today, Thursday December 30.

"This was not an easy decision to take.

"Our first priority remains keeping everyone safe, while being able to provide meals and food.

"Given how easily the Omicron variant spreads, we cannot take the risk of either a participant or volunteer testing positive for Covid, as not only could this prove dangerous to an individual’s health; result in others having to isolate, it could also result in having to close Inverness Foodstuff for a period of time. "

She continued: "Serving meals outside will enable us to reduce the risks of participants or volunteers catching Covid while still enabling us to provide a service.

"This decision will be reviewed weekly and we will re-open the café as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

"Our three course meals, tea and coffee along with our ‘market stall’ with surplus produce will be available from outside Ness Bank Church between 1pm and 2.30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, except this Saturday when we will be closed.

"We will however be providing our special Hogmanay lunch on Friday December 31 between 12.30 and 2.30pm."

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