County partially reopens some buildings to serve as cooling centers

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County partially reopens some buildings to serve as cooling centers
Photo credit: Mike Kinney

The public lobbies of four Employment & Human Services Department buildings in Contra Costa County have been partially reopened to allow residents to cool off on days of extreme heat during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place health order.

The places to get relief from hot weather are open to all, including individuals, families with children, seniors and disabled adults, the County said. Water and charging stations are available at each of the following locations, open for cooling off from now through Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The offices include 1305 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond; 151 Linus Pauling in Hercules; 400 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill and 4545 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch.

Social distancing and face covering requirements are in place in the buildings, which will limit capacity if needed to comply with the public health order.

“Community members should not go to any of these places to cool off if they have been exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been ordered to quarantine,” the county said. “All visitors to EHSD offices are required to answer screening questions, per CDC guidelines, before they can enter the buildings.”

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