Cooling centers to open throughout Riverside County, starting Monday

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Starting Monday, more than a dozen air-conditioned community buildings throughout Riverside County will be transformed into public cooling centers aimed at helping residents beat the summer heat, officials announced today.

All people, including visitors and staff, will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing at the 14 centers to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Riverside County officials said.

“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,” Riverside County Director of Public Health Kim Saruwatari said. “Safety precautions in the time of coronavirus are being implemented to further protect visitors.”

The free services are located in schools, senior and community centers already equipped with air-conditioning. They are expected to remain open until October, or as temperatures warrant, officials said.

Of the 14 locations, only one is in the Temecula Valley — at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 Sixth Street, Temecula. The rest of the cooling centers include five in the Coachella Valley, two in the Banning Pass, one in Moreno Valley and five in the city of Riverside.

For a list of the cooling centers, go to https://www.capriverside.org/Cool-Centers.