With temperatures expected to rise to more than 90 degrees on several days next week, the City of West Hollywood will reactivate its cooling center at Plummer Park. The cooling center, located in rooms 5 and 6 of the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., will provide limited access to ensure adequate social (physical) distancing.
As per weather forecasts, the Cooling Center will be open today (Friday) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday of next week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Its days of operation may be extended if temperatures remain above 90 degrees.
The cooling center has implemented a series of COVID-19 health and safety measures in compliance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health rules. They include temperature checks, hand sanitizing upon entry, and frequent wipe-downs of high-touch surfaces. The cooling center has been set up with a limited maximum occupancy 30 guests in order to ensure adequate social (physical) distancing and face coverings are required. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the cooling center.
West Hollywood provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline, whose shuttles are ADA-accessible, operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. Face coverings are required on Cityline vehicles. Additional information and a detailed route map can be found online. www.weho.org/cityline.
High heat can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The city reminds residents to take precautions to keep as cool as possible during hot days. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.
The city reminds residents that pets and children are particularly vulnerable to high-heat conditions and can die when left unattended in parked vehicles. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.