Advertisement

Coronavirus: Penticton soup kitchen closes doors due to safety concerns

Click to play video: 'Coronavirus: Penticton soup kitchen closes doors due to safety concerns'
Coronavirus: Penticton soup kitchen closes doors due to safety concerns
Coronavirus: Penticton soup kitchen closes doors due to safety concerns – Apr 1, 2020

For 30 years, Penticton Soupateria has been serving lunches to the most vulnerable in Penticton, but as of Monday, its doors are shut.

“It was [for] the safety, the safety of the people coming to the kitchen and the safety of the senior volunteers,” said Greg Litwin, Soupateria’s public relations director.

Soupateria staff were worried about proper social distancing being practiced at the facility and they deemed the COVID-19 risk too great for their senior volunteers to work safely.

“A lot of people who came for lunch, we had the [ground] marked, but they didn’t follow the rules [of social distancing] all the time,” said Litwin.
Story continues below advertisement

Litwin said about 80 per cent of their volunteers are above the age of 65.

“We were very worried, some of them [volunteers] are in their 80s, and if they were to contract the virus, they may die,” Litwin told Global News on Tuesday.

Soupateria was serving over 100 meals a day when it decided to shut down.

Get the day's top news, political, economic, and current affairs headlines, delivered to your inbox once a day.

Get daily National news

Get the day's top news, political, economic, and current affairs headlines, delivered to your inbox once a day.
By providing your email address, you have read and agree to Global News' Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

The soup kitchen is meeting with the City of Penticton, about the future of potential reopening in a month.

“We agreed to close until the 13th of April,” said Litwin.

“We are hoping to get things in order and reopen on that date.”

Litwin says he hopes the city will assign bylaw officers to make sure the soup kitchen’s clients follow the proper social distancing protocols.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video: 'Penticton, B.C., mayor on city closing facilities to slow spread of coronavirus'
Penticton, B.C., mayor on city closing facilities to slow spread of coronavirus

Sponsored content

AdChoices