Cooling Center is Back at Plummer Park in Response to Excessive Heat Warnings

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The Cooling Center has been reactivated at Plummer Park this weekend in response the heatwave sweeping across Southern California, which is expected to reach 100 degrees. The City of West Hollywood re-opened its Cooling Center with limited access to ensure adequate physical distancing and other safety measures.

The COVID-19 health and safety measures are compliance with Health Officer Orders and Protocols established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. They include: temperature checks, sign-in, hand sanitizing upon entry, and frequent wipe-downs of high-touch surfaces. The Cooling Center has been set up with a limited maximum occupancy 30 guests in order to ensure adequate social (physical) distancing and face coverings are required. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the Cooling Center.

The Cooling Center opened on Friday, September 4, 2020. It will be reopen on Saturday, September 5, 2020 and on Sunday, September 6, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Cooling Center will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 due to the Labor Day holiday.

The City of West Hollywood provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline is a friendly and accessible alternative to the larger bus system and all shuttles are ADA-accessible. Cityline operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. Face coverings are required on Cityline vehicles. For additional information and a detailed route map, visit www.weho.org/cityline — route maps are also available on Cityline shuttles.

High heat can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The City reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible during hot days. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.

The City reminds community members that pets and children are particularly vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Every year, children and pets suffer and die when left unattended in parked vehicles. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes — even with windows cracked open. Think twice before ever leaving a child or a pet in a parked vehicle, even for just a moment.

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When in public, community members should maintain your space with social (physical) distancing of at least six feet, and cover that face to adhere to City requirements for the use of face coverings.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

For additional tips on coping with hot weather, visit the City’s Cooling Center website page at www.weho.org/coolingcenters. For more information regarding the City of West Hollywood’s Cooling Center, please call (323) 848-6530.

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