Thunder Bay’s municipal government will fund a warming centre in the city’s south end, responding to concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic has left the vulnerable with few ways to get out of the cold.

City council approved funding for a daytime warming centre at a meeting on Dec. 21, voting unanimously to allocate $46,000 to staff the centre, and up to $20,000 for operating expenses.

The centre is expected to run through the end of March. It will be operated by a community agency selected by the city, which will have to follow financial reporting requirements.