Center City hotel prepares coronavirus quarantine space for homeless, others

Tim Jimenez
April 06, 2020 - 8:18 am

UPDATED: 12 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city is now using a Center City hotel as a quarantine site in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Police blocked off Walnut Street between 13th and Juniper streets in front of the Holiday Inn Express.

Dark green tarps now cover the hotel signs above the entrance while the city is renting the place.

"The quarantine facility in the Holiday Inn is not just for homeless individuals. It's for anyone who can't quarantine at home," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said at a media briefing two weeks ago. 

City officials say the hotel could potentially house first responders and health care workers who would need to be away from their homes to protect their families.

As with so many aspects of the coronavirus response, there's no timeline for returning the hotel to normal. It will be used by the city for as long as necessary.

Officials have said they are looking at other potential sites as well.