Orillia’s Lighthouse is no longer a haven for the homeless.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all homeless shelters in Simcoe County, including Orillia’s Lighthouse, have moved their residents into local hotels.

Over the last week, concerns mounted about the inability to apply the important principle of social distancing at shelters designed to host a multitude of people.

After discussions between the area shelters, the municipalities, health agencies and the County of Simcoe, it was decided the move was necessary.