Barrie shelters that assist people experiencing homelessness place restrictions due to COVID-19

Organizations in Barrie that assist people experiencing homelessness are changing things up to lessen the risk of COVID-19 spreading to staff and some of the city’s most vulnerable population.

At the David Busby Centre, executive director Sara Peddle said the change includes who can access their services.

“We are restricting services to those that are either staying with us in our emergency shelter or are living on the street at this point.”

Peddle said people who are currently housed or staying in other shelters are being asked to call for services or call the outreach van.

Inside David Busby, she said there is a lot of signage to promote good hand hygiene.

As for staff, Peddle said masks have been ordered.

She said they are trying to build a toolkit if it gets to the point where there is communal spread of the virus.

At Youth Haven, anyone who wants to drop off a donation is being asked to knock on the front door and leave items on the porch.

There are also posters in the shelter that detail COVID-19 symptoms and anyone entering the building must use hand sanitizer.