NishkamSWAT are liaising closely with NHS, government and professional medical advisors and are following and implementing the advice given by global and national health authorities.
There is no such advice at this point that indicates that they need to be shutting down their homeless feeding services around the UK, although, they have noticed, a lot of other services have done so.
NishkamSWAT confirms that they will not be shutting down any of their homeless feeding services around the UK amidst the current COVID-19 outbreak. As a precautionary measure, all service teams have been briefed with good practice guides with health and safety being the number one priority and a skeleton service has been put into place.
A Statement from Randeep S Lall, CEO of NishkamSWAT “As an organisation, we are not going to let COVID-19 stop us from serving humanity, especially now when we are needed the most. We are now going to step up our game with our health & safety precautions. Through these troubled and testing times, the most vulnerable people in our society are going to get fed through the values and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Langar.
We have a responsibility to society and we do not take this lightly. We will take all the neccessary precautions we have to but we will carry on serving. It feels like the last 10 years of serving the homeless has been a practice for us because now the real work is going to start – we are going to put ourselves on the line to serve humanity.”
According to the Department of Health, there are now 1,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK. And some 40,279 people have been tested for the deadly disease as of 9am on Sunday, March 15.
As a precautionary measure, all service teams have been briefed with good practice guides with health and safety being the number one priority and a skeleton service has been put into place.
The charity serves at least 4,000 meals a week in 22 locations in the UK.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that every person over the age of 70 in Britain will be told to stay at home for an extended period to shield them from coronavirus.
The advice is set to be enforced “within the coming weeks” and he told the BBC that when it does it will last “a very long time”.