Emerald Headingley Stadium have confirmed they will be redeploying all their staff as part of the COVID-19 outbreak to support NHS staff for the foreseeable future. Emerald Headingley Stadium employees will be moved in the next week to the Temple Green COVID-19 Test Centre in Leeds. This has been confirmed by Sodexo, who provide contract and temporary staff for Emerald Headingley Stadium.

As one of the government’s strategic suppliers, Sodexo is part of an industry-wide response and is stepping up to provide a range of services to help fight the virus. With other partners, Sodexo is now helping the Department for Health and Social Care to set up COVID-19 testing centres that offer drive-through testing for NHS and other key workers.

Sodexo is working in partnership with Boots to recruit and onboard testing operatives who will conduct the tests at all COVID-19 testing centres.

To keep colleagues safe and working, staff from parts of the business that have slowed down due to COVID-19 will be redeployed to support busy NHS hospitals with valued cleaning, portering and catering roles.

Sean Haley, regional chair, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “I am immensely proud of how our teams and the wider industry have come together to share our expertise and work in partnership with the NHS to fight the threat posed by COVID-19”.”It has never been more apparent that our business lives and breathes its values. I applaud colleagues who had previously worked at a racecourse serving hospitality packages or had cleaned busy offices, for moving across to use their skills in a hospital or other healthcare environments that urgently needs their help right now. Today, we are all working together to help in the effort to fight COVID-19. We stand ready to respond to further requests for support as the pandemic unfolds.”

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