JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that cooling centers are open throughout Jersey City to provide all residents with a respite during the scorching summer heat as temperatures continue to reach dangerous levels. According to extended forecasts thermometers are expected to hit well above the 90 degree mark into next week.
The senior and community facilities, currently restricted to the public due to the pandemic, will continue to open during peak heat hours on weekdays. The cooling sites must adhere to social mitigation and safety measures in place; masks must be worn at all times inside the city sites and indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity. Masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes will be provided and the consumption of food will be prohibited while restroom capacity will be limited.
All residents - especially the elderly, disabled people, pregnant women, and children under the age of two - are encouraged to stay indoors or take advantage of the cooling facilities.
The following three city-run cooling centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday:
- Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive
- Joseph Connors Senior Center, 28 Paterson Street
- Maureen Collier Senior Center, 335 Bergen Avenue
“While many indoor facilities that our residents typically rely on remain closed or have limited capacity, we want to make sure our most vulnerable populations have a safe space to cool off as the heat reaches dangerous levels.” Mayor Steven Fulop said. “While we open cooling centers every summer for our residents, this year we are taking extra precautions and will require masks and social distancing while inside the city sites.”
Three additional Jersey City cooling centers are also opening exclusively to the homeless population:
- St. Lucy’s Shelter, 619 Grove Street, 201-656-7201. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Collaborative Support Program, 124 Claremont Ave, 201-420-8013. M-F 9:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m. Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until noon.
- GSECDC drop-in center, 514 Newark Avenue, 201-604-2600. M-F during normal hours of operation.
“We’ve also reopened city pools, splash pads, and sprinklers and we strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of these options until the temperatures subside,” Fulop concluded.
Click here for a list of cooling centers throughout New Jersey.
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