Project Love will be back in business on Monday, after a precautionary shutdown this past Monday due to COVID-19.

The non-profit, non-denominational group serves meals to the needy every Monday at Mountjoy United Church.

Kitchen coordinator Lyse Perron says this week, a volunteer registered positive on a rapid test.

“Out of extreme caution for our volunteers, for our patrons as well as for our family members,” she reports, “we decided to shut down.”

The chili that was to be served has been frozen.  Everything else – desserts, veggies, sandwiches and snacks – were sent to Living Space.

“We sanitized the way we normally do, but we did an extra cautionary sanitization,” Perron adds. “Every nook and cranny has been sanitized, just to make sure that we’re not going to be carrying the virus in any form.”

Safety protocols are also being expanded when Project Love returns on Monday. Perron says N-95 masks will be worn by all volunteers, instead of three-ply medical masks.  And volunteers involved in serving the meal – which begins at 4:00pm – will undergo rapid testing upstairs, before starting work in the basement.