Twenty-seven people who had been living in Victoria parks were moved into hotel rooms over the weekend in an effort to help a vulnerable population meet physical-distancing requirements.

Mayor Lisa Helps said in a news conference Monday that Island Health has told the city that COVID-19 will hit the unsheltered population at some point. “We’re buying some time right now,” Helps said.

The city secured 35 rooms last week through Emergency Management B.C. Eight more people were expected to move indoors and fill the remaining rooms Monday, Helps said.

The city has also identified an additional 40 rooms that are available, bringing the total up to 75.