Syringe Services Programs, Winter Weather, and COVID-19
Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, many syringe services programs (SSPs) and other harm reduction service providers responded by moving services out-of-doors. This included increased outreach and community distribution, service stations in tents and parking lots, and other changes to accommodate recommendations. With increasingly cold and wintery conditions across much of the country, programs are readjusting and seeking guidance on safely working indoors or in other sheltered areas. In addition to basic services, programs are hoping to resume community events, improve engagement, and bolster relationships with participants and staff during this difficult time.