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LA Officials Opened Cooling Centers This Weekend, With Social Distancing Measures In Place

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The first major heat wave of the pandemic hit L.A. over the weekend, and in response, city and county officials opened cooling centers Friday and Saturday. Social distancing measures were in place at all of the locations.

Helen Chavez, the associate director of L.A. County's Office of Emergency Management, said that about 175 people showed up seeking relief from the heat. She said:

“The site that was the most popular was the Northridge one, given that the heat in the Valley seems to align with the foot traffic at the different emergency centers."

Visitors were required to wear face coverings at the cooling centers and maintain a distance of 6 feet distance from others. Sites were equipped with hand sanitizer and masks.
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Officials are prepared to open temporary cooling centers again, according to Chavez, but that will be determined by temperature forecasts and geographic need.

Alhambra
Jocelyn Center
210 N. Chapel Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Burbank
Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Los Angeles
Colonel Leon Washington Park
8908 South Maie Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Los Angeles
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

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Northridge
Robert M Wilkinson Multipurpose Center
8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Panorama City
Mid-Valley Senior Center
8825 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402

Pasadena
Robinson Park Community Center
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 9110

Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Sylmar
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St.
Sylmar, CA 91342

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Whittier
Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

When in doubt, you can also call 211 for information from L.A. County and 311 in the city of L.A.