Desperate times call for desperate measures and so, a once-shuttered sports facility in Surrey will now shelter up to 110 people seeking a safe place to sleep and isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.

The City of Surrey announced Tuesday the North Surrey Recreation Centre will re-open temporarily in conjunction with Fraser Health Authority and the Surrey Urban Mission Society.

“By utilizing the decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre, we are providing our most vulnerable population with the most essential protective measure against COVID-19, which is the ability to physical distance,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.