One day after Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson pleaded with the provincial government to make a decision on supporting the vulnerable population amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced the Edmonton Expo Centre will be used.

“AHS (Alberta Health Services) will provide medical support, public health support. And community and social services, as well, will be providing support to these backup homeless locations,” Kenney announced in Question Period on Friday.

Thursday afternoon, Iveson addressed the media, saying the city was ready to respond and support Edmonton’s vulnerable population, but that the province needed to make the decision first.

“This option has been before the government of Alberta for several days,” Iveson said Thursday afternoon. “I want the city to take action on this, but without Alberta Health Services embedded in the intake to manage public health risks, the risks of concentrating so many people in one place would be too substantial for us to take on our own.”

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