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In light of the latest Government guidance and the discovery of the Omicron variant in Staffordshire earlier this week, it is with regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the Meir Community Meal.

This popular festive event had been due to take place on Thursday 9 December at Meir Community Education Centre, Pickford Place.

 Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones MBE, Director of Adult Social Care, Health Integration and Wellbeing and Director of Public Health said:

 “Brighter Futures and the city council are absolutely committed to keeping everyone in Stoke-on-Trent safe from the Covid-19 virus. The Meir Community Meal is always a very well attended indoor event and we feel that on this occasion, given the challenges of managing the numbers of potential attendees within the limited space available, it would be best to postpone the event until a safer time in the future.

“We understand that this is disappointing news, but wish to thank everyone for their hard work organising this event, and we look forward to holding the event in the new year.”

 The community meals have not taken place since the beginning of the pandemic. This was to have been the first Meir Community Meal since February 2020 and it would have been hosted jointly by the council community team and Brighter Futures. The funding for this event has been provided by the Coop Local Community Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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