Homeless community workers in Montreal say they are worried about staffing shortages as COVID-19 cases surge among its population.

Resilience Montreal shelter has been closed since Dec. 17 so that its staff could take a break after being swamped for weeks helping members of the city’s homeless population.

Nakuset, director of Resilience Montreal, told Global News the shelter is unsure how to greet people on Monday when the establishment reopens.

Sam Watts, director of the Welcome Hall Mission in Saint-Henri, says the number of COVID-19 infected people the shelter has seen has increased rapidly.