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Ottawa opens emergency cooling centres during heat wave

June 6, 2021
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Four emergency cooling centres will open on Monday, June 7 to provide relief from the heat to residents in need.

Emergency cooling centres at the following City facilities will be open from 11 am to 7 pm:

  • Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West
  • Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, 3320 Paul Anka Drive
  • Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue
  • Pat Clark Community Centre, 4355 Halmont Drive

The City will extend the operation of cooling centres as required.

The emergency cooling centers are set up to ensure users can practice proper physical distancing and will have access to water. Residents should bring a mask with them to the cooling centres if they have one.

Heat warnings issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada mean extra precautions need to be taken by everyone. While City splashpads have opened, some of the usual ways we cool off may not be available this summer because of measures put in place to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It will be important to think ahead and plan for ways to stay cool while respecting Public Health COVID-19 prevention measures. Keep in touch with others who may not be able to stay cool, especially during a heat warning. Ottawa Public Health has information on how to Beat the Heat this summer. Heat illnesses are preventable. Residents are encouraged to stay cool at home using the Beat the Heat tips such as taking cool showers and using fans or air conditioning during the heat warning.

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