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Covid stops Yarmouth Minster Christmas lunch

Fears over the increasing spread of Covid 19 have caused the Open Christmas event at Great Yarmouth Minster on Christmas Day to be cancelled this year, but those who would have attended will be receiving “goodie bags” instead.

With the Omicron variant of Covid now becoming more prevalent, the general Covid rates in Great Yarmouth growing as quickly as they are, and with diners often being from some of the most vulnerable groups, the organisers felt it was prudent to cancel.
The organising team said, “This has certainly not been an easy decision to make, nor one we took lightly, we truly believe gathering together on Christmas Day is beneficial to all who come. A lot of work has gone into planning the sit down meal with everything now in place. However, having as a team, worked through the risks associated with a sit down meal at this time we concluded that it should not go ahead for the safety of all. We do understand the wrench this will be on those who were looking forward to attending.”
The Better Together Norfolk team who are organising Open Christmas are now focussing on putting together Christmas goodie bags. They will attempt to make each one bespoke to the person receiving it and will ensure that all those who were going to attend the meal will get one.
The goodie bags will be available for collection or delivery (delivery will only be available if the client was going to be transported to the event) on either December 22 or 23, but will confirm the exact times in due course.
The organisers wish to thank everyone for their help and support at this challenging time, and sincerely apologise to all for this but with the heightened risk to diners, volunteers and their families they felt it was the correct course of action.
The application process on the website has now closed. It is hoped that Open Christmas will be back at Great Yarmouth Minster again next year, providing a free Christmas lunch for over a hundred people on Christmas day.
For more information about Open Christmas, visit their website.
The picture of the 2019 Christmas Day meal is courtesy of Open Christmas.


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Tony Rothe, 17/12/2021

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