Innisfil opens Cooling Centres as Heat Warning continues

ideaLabs in Alcona and Cookstown are open today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

from the Town of Innisfil

With Environment Canada issuing a heat warning, residents are reminded that the Town of Innisfil and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library are operating cooling centres strictly for those in need of a safe space to get out of the heat. These facilities are air-conditioned, offer free bottles of water, and are located as follows;

  • Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Cookstown Branch ( 20 Church Street)
  • Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch (967 Innisfil Beach Rd.).

The cooling centres will be operational between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone who visits a cooling centre should be aware of the following:

  • Visitors seeking access will need to fill in the COVID-19 screening form. Anyone displaying any of the symptoms as set out by the Ministry of Health will be directed to the nearest assessment centre. If you believe you may have COVID-19, please follow the guidelines set out by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and do not make the trip to the cooling centre.
  • Visitors will be guided to a specific space in the cooling centre where they will be asked to remain so they may cool off safely while maintaining physical distancing. Access to washrooms, hand sanitizers, and water will be provided.
  • If there is heavy demand, time restrictions may apply and visitors may be asked to leave so that others may access the space. People can re-enter as soon as space becomes available or if it is their turn again.

In order to protect those who enter the building, and contain the spread of COVID-19, inside there will be increased cleaning of public spaces, hand sanitizers, and signage to remind visitors about best practices (hand-washing, physical distancing, etc.). In addition, ideaLAB & Library staff have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They have also undergone training in accordance with guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health and the SMDHU to ensure they are prepared to serve the public in the safest way possible. Protective barriers have been installed at screening stations to ensure the protection of staff and the public.

Residents can use Innisfil Transit to travel to Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Lakeshore Branch for the flat rate of $4. All other trips will receive $4 off the fare. In addition, the Town of Innisfil provides discounted fares for low-income households. For more information please visit www.innisfil.ca/transit.

For more information about heat illnesses and staying cool during the hot and dry weather, please visit the SMDHU’s website.

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