About two dozen protesters, spaced far apart to observe the rules of social distancing, converged on Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesday, calling on the city to speed up efforts to make shelters for the homeless and refugees safer from the spread of COVID-19.

“People who live and work there are in danger — this is no way to flatten the curve,” said Dr. Michaela Beder, one 313 doctors and nurse practitioners who signed an open letter earlier this week calling on the city to enforce social distancing of two metres in shelters.