This virus has now been declared a pandemic by the WHO and we are taking the risks seriously.
We are following Cyprus Government guidance and requirements so this is what we are doing at our Dignity Centre in Nicosia:
- Doing everything possible in the Centre to encourage frequent hand-washing
- Instructions for anyone displaying symptoms not to come to the Centre
- No more than 75 people in the building at any one time
- Closed the children’s space (creche) until further notice
We rely on volunteers from many countries to deliver our service: 15 different nationalities have volunteered in Nicosia since we opened in June last year. So while we are very concerned about spreading the virus further, we are also very concerned about keeping an essential service running for a vulnerable group of people.
As a result we will be continuing to operate the Dignity Centre, with international volunteers, but have made some changes.
The Cyprus government has specific requirements for three different categories of nation. Those nations and instructions are here.
This is a fast moving situation so we will be monitoring it closely and continuing to change what we do in line with the latest information.
In the meantime, we are still recruiting volunteers as long as they are not from country categories 1 and 2 (China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Spain).
We have space from the beginning of mid-April 2020 and booking in people for 2-4 weeks until the end of June 2020.