Cool centers open throughout Riverside County

Cool centers offer an escape from extreme heat. With temperatures expected to remain in the triple digits through portions of Riverside County, 14 cool centers will open to the public on June 1 with modifications to accommodate coronavirus safety guidelines. The centers will be available through October as temperatures warrant.

Coordinated by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, in conjunction with Riverside University Health System – Public Health, the cool centers are located in schools and senior and community centers. Light refreshments and water will be available at some locations.

“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 cool centers will be asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

For a list of cool center locations, visit


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