Encampment Response during COVID-19
Individuals experiencing homelessness face barriers to accessing shelter and emergency resources that allow for adequate self-isolation and physical distancing during this time. City of Edmonton staff and community partners conducting outreach into encampments continue to:
Map and track people who are homeless and sleeping outdoors in all areas of the city
Conduct wellness checks by identifying who needs basic services such as food and healthcare
Identify individuals who may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 and connect them to assessment and treatment
Identify and respond to encampments deemed high risk for spread of infection, fire or safety concerns
Hand out information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
ERT is enforcing physical distancing requirements of at least six feet between encampments to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Individuals are asked to relocate to prevent gatherings of 15 or more.
Cleanup operations staff are in regular contact with Peace Officers on encampments to coordinate cleanup and to ensure encampment occupants are adhering to Alberta Health Services guidelines.