City Opens Temporary Cooling Centre to Help During Heat Warning
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has declared a heat warning and the City of Windsor is once again opening a temporary cooling centre for members of the general public who may be unable to find relief from the heat and humidity.
Effective immediately, the atrium of the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC) Presented by WFCU Credit Union at 401 Pitt Street West will act as a temporary cooling centre.
City staff will be on site to assist those attending the location. Tables and chairs will be set up to ensure physical distancing requirements are met. Advanced screening of all visitors to this location will be in effect, and visitors should be prepared to answer questions upon entry. Masks are also suggested to be worn if attendees have them. In an effort to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to, it is asked that people attend this site only if they have no other options
Those attending are reminded to bring food or materials to read if they wish, as none will be provided. The centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Sunday, August 9, 2020 and is scheduled to remain open during those hours each day the heat warning is in place.
As an additional reminder, the day program at Windsor Water World remains open and available for individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness. This location, while providing shelter from the heat, also allows for more physical distancing within our shelter system. The program is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Outreach workers are also out in the community, should anyone require assistance.
Heat warnings are issued by the health unit when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature of 31 degrees Celsius or hotter and a nighttime temperature of 21 degrees Celsius or more or a humidex greater than 42 degrees Celsius.
When heat warnings are issued, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself and loved ones from heat related health risks. It is also asked that you check on elderly or vulnerable individuals you know who are more susceptible to the heat during these extreme weather conditions.
General COVID-19 Safety Reminders:
• Stay 2 metres away from others.
• Don’t crowd others when standing in line.
• Keep gatherings to 10 people or less.
• Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
• Carry hand sanitizer.
For more safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19.