NYC Opens Cooling Centers

Jul 9, 2020

NYC Opens Cooling Centers With Coronavirus Protocols
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Officials are trying to keep New Yorkers cool in this intense heat and humidity while keeping coronavirus protocols in place.

Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell says there will be cooling centers opened in all five boroughs where folks are expected to wear masks and socially distance.

“Our cooling options have been adapted this year as a result of COVID 19 and our goal is to ensure that all New Yorkers that live in heat-burdened areas, heat-burdened communities are within a quarter mile of any outdoor cooling element,” said Criswell.

Those elements include hundreds of spray showers and spray fire hydrants opening up in city parks, and in streets that have been opened to pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic.