With classes cancelled and students at home, the Fredericton High School had been sitting empty for weeks. Now, it’s become a safe haven for the city’s homeless population.

The out-of-the-cold centre, run by the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre, has temporarily set up shop in the high school to provide more space for proper social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school’s gymnasiums and dressing rooms now house beds, each spaced out by two metres, or about six feet. People using the shelter also have access to the school’s washrooms, showers and cafeteria.