With temperatures expected to remain in the triple digits through portions of Riverside County, cool centers are opening June 1 with modifications to accommodate coronavirus safety guidelines.

The 14 cool centers will be open to the public at no cost. The centers will be available through October as temperatures warrant.

“Cool centers make it possible for residents to escape extreme heat and high temperatures during the summer months, particularly those among the most vulnerable populations, like seniors,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Public Health. “Safety precautions in the time of coronavirus are being implemented to further protect visitors.”

Among the safety guidelines, all visitors and staff at the cooling centers will be asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

High temperatures can be hazardous for many people, especially for the elderly and those with medical conditions. Heat-related injuries such as heatstroke, an illness that occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature, can strike fast and pose life-threatening consequences.

The cool centers are coordinated by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, in conjunction with Riverside University Health System – Public Health, and are located in schools, senior and community centers. Light refreshments and water will be available at some locations. For a list of cool center locations, click here.

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