Senators open pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres outside arena

Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the "Canadian Tire Centre" is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

OTTAWA -- Two parking lots at the Ottawa Senators' home arena are being converted into pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres.

The team says in a statement that parking lots 5 and 6 at the Canadian Tire Centre will serve as drive-through locations, and appointments will not be required in advance.

The Sens say they're working with Ottawa Public Health, and it's not yet known how long the new assessment centres will remain in operation.

Canadian Tire Centre is located in the suburb of Kanata, Ont., roughly 25 kilometres from Ottawa's city centre.

Ottawa Public Health reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The spike in cases across the province has led to lengthy lines at assessment centres, including those in the nation's capital.

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