If there is any place in Canada that should have been first off the mark with a COVID-19 plan for homeless people, it is Toronto.

Yet we wait, amidst a multi-year-long homelessness emergency.

Across the country, public health officials have neglected to address homelessness in their daily media messaging.

It is critical that a COVID-19 plan for homelessness is developed. The widespread public health advice to self-isolate is simply not possible in shelters where sleeping areas, washrooms and dining areas are shared, and residents do not have access to their own space and amenities. Furthermore, across the country, shelters are full and outdoor encampments are the norm.