With the onset of winter, Manitoba Liberal MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard is warning the province and Winnipeggers of the potential for a COVID-19 outbreak among Winnipeg’s homeless population. He’s calling on government to immediately consider renting unused hotel space to ward off an impending crisis.

Gerrard said if COVID-19 gets into the homeless population it will worsen the current city-wide outbreak, adding facilities like libraries and community centres where homeless people sometimes gather during the day, have closed due to public health orders. He said people need a place to go day and night.