Hartford Announces Cooling Centers for Expected Hot Weather
On July 17, 2020, Mayor Luke Bronin, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Reginald Freeman, and Health and Human Services Director Liany Arroyo announced that there will be three cooling centers open in City of Hartford beginning Saturday, July 18th and ending after Tuesday, July 21st. The Hartford Fire Department will also be handing out water bottles at bus stops, splash pads, and any other locations they see individuals in the heat. The City expects temperatures to be in the 90s each of those four days and encourages residents to stay out of heat and stay hydrated.
“We’re expecting a significant heat wave over the next few days, and we want to provide these additional locations to help residents beat the heat,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “We are still in a middle of a pandemic, and we need to take that seriously, so we will require social distancing and hand washing at each of these cooling centers, and we will be providing masks. I am grateful to our Health and Human Services team, our recreation team, and our Fire Department for stepping up to staff these cooling centers and distribute water throughout the city. I am also grateful to Asylum Hill Congregational Church for agreeing to serve once again as a cooling center.”
Each of the cooling centers will be following strict social distancing guidelines and may institute time limits, depending on demand, to ensure as many residents as possible can utilize the cooling centers. The cooling centers will be staffed by City or church staff for the duration of their operation, and each cooling center will be appropriately sanitized each day.
Cooling Centers Open July 18, 2020 – July 21, 2020
12 noon – 8 PM: North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Hartford
12 noon – 8 PM: South End Senior Center, 830 Maple Drive, Hartford
11 AM – 7 PM: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford