Encampment Response during COVID-19
The City schedules closures and clean-ups of encampments on public land. The closure and clean-up of encampments is prioritized based on the level of risk posed to individuals in the encampment and the surrounding community. 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
Hand out information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
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. Abandoned encampments continue to be mapped, investigated and sent for cleanup.