Longer-term operation of emergency shelter services through the pandemic

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Aerial of Otonabee River in downtown Peterborough

The City of Peterborough has been working with public health officials and its community partner agencies over the last few weeks to plan for the longer-term operation of emergency shelter services through the pandemic to continue to protect the health and wellbeing of clients and staff.

Plans are expected to be finalized over the next few days on the timing and details on public health protocols for the transition of the Brock Mission and overflow shelter bed programs that have been temporarily located at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The details will be announced when they are ready.

The City is planning to eventually move shelter services out of the Wellness Centre. A date for the transition hasn’t been set yet.

The City and its community partner agencies are using the experience of the public health measures during the earlier stages of the pandemic to inform the implementation of protocols for the longer-term provision of emergency shelter.

There have been no COVID-19 positive cases in Peterborough’s homelessness shelter system, which includes Brock Mission, YES Shelter for Youth and Families, Cameron House, and the overflow shelter bed program.

When the emergency shelter services move out of the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, steps will be taken to prepare the facility for re-opening for members and community use.

The re-opening of the Wellness Centre for member and community use will depend on the timing for the transition from its current emergency use, putting in place public health protocols for its normal activities, and the easing of the Province’s emergency orders.

For an up-to-date listing of municipal services affected by the COVID-19 emergency, please visit peterborough.ca/COVID19.

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636