UPDATE, SEPT 10: Due to staff shortages, sobering centre services which normally operate from 10am to 7am daily will be impacted September 10th and 11th. Hours will be reduced to 6pm to 7am. Services are expected to return to regular hours on Sunday, September 12th.
What is the change?
Starting immediately the day shelter service that operates in the combine Day and Sobering Centre, located at 5111, 50th street, will be closed temporarily for a yet to be determined period of time. The day shelter service normally operates from 7am to 7pm daily. The overnight sobering shelter operations continue as usual and are not impacted at this time.
Why is this service being reduced?
This reduction is a result of significant reduced staffing due to the current outbreak of COIVD-19 in Yellowknife. We will not be providing specific details on COVID impacted staff.
Adequate staffing is required at this facility to ensure the services delivered meet the needs of users and are safe.
What supports are being provided?
This is a rapidly developing situation, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority is standing up daily meetings with local NGOs/shelter operators to ensure collaboration and coordination of services. While the day shelter is closed breakfast and lunchtime food distribution will continue from the Day Shelter/Sobering Centre location, and basic services (showers, bathrooms) and dinner will be available at the Salvation Army.
GNWT departments are currently collaborating to address this urgent gap in service provision. More information will be provided when available.
How long will this service reduction last?
There is no defined end date, services will return to normal when staffing improves and updates will be provided as they become available.
What can residents do to help?
Help us protect our health system and sheltering services: now is the time to get vaccinated if you have not yet done so. People who are vaccinated are much less likely to get sick and spread COVID-19.
Help us by reducing the spread of COVID-19. If you - or your children – are sick, stay home and get tested.