Although the contract for Vernon’s Turning Points temporary winter shelter was extended for three months, organizers say the site is not being used for sheltering at this time.
Vernon Turning Points says its sites are not operating at capacity, and that staff in the temporary winter shelter program are being deployed to other sites to help in ramped-up sanitization, cleaning and prevention during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We are working diligently with BC Housing, Interior Health, the City of Vernon and our many other community partners to ensure that we continue to provide essential services during this time,” Turning Points Collaborative Society executive director Randene Wejr said in a news release.
The society said it is minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infection as much as possible at its other sites by following guidelines issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the provincial health officer.
“In addition, we are practicing social distancing and have implemented a work-from-home strategy for staff that can do so.”
The society said it has also shut down its housing and administrative sites to visitors and non-essential deliveries.