Barrie City Hall working on cooling centre options as heat wave continues

City hopes to have options presented ASAP

The mercury has pushed past 30 degrees in Barrie for a second day in a row, even as Environment Canada continues a heat warning for points south of the city.

In normal times, the City of Barrie would make its libraries, rec centres, and even City Hall available as cooling stations for those who can’t otherwise beat the heat.

But what now? These facilities are all closed to the public over concerns of spreading COVID-19 further in the community. Barrie 360 reached out to City Hall to see if it had anything else in mind to allow residents to cool off.

” With the warmer than usual weather for May and the closure of city facilities related to the COVID pandemic, the Emergency Control Group in consultation with the Health unit is working on options to address this issue,” according to a statement from Barrie’s CAO, Michael Prowse, “The SMDHU is developing guidelines and we are hopeful to have an option for cooling stations as soon as possible.”

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Meanwhile, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has handed down some suggestions on how to stay cool, including wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing while out of doors. It reminds everyone that, while electric fans can offer some relief in hot weather, during extreme conditions fans cannot protect against heat-related illness.