Town of Innisfil offering two library branches as cooling stations as heatwave continues

Lakeshore and Cookstown branches to be used to cool down only

The Town of Innisfil has set up a pair of cooling stations as a heatwave continues across the region.

The Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library’s Lakeshore and Cookstown branches are being made available for residents to cool off; the facilities are air-conditioned and water is available to those who need it. Both locations will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Both will be accessible for cooling off only. Neither branch will be open to the public otherwise. There will be no access to library materials, resources, or computers.

Before gaining entry, residents will be pre-screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Those who have symptoms associated with the disease will be directed to the nearest assessment centre. Those who are allowed in will be walked to a specific space within the cooling centre, where they will be asked to remain to cool off while maintaining a distance from others.

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.

“Cooling centres are so important to making sure that our most vulnerable have a place to look after themselves during extreme heat events,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Please only use the cooling centres if you have to so that those who need them most have access.”

The Town of Innisfil is reminding folks they can make use of Innisfil Transit to get to either library branch for a flat rate of four dollars. Visit the Town’s website for information on other transit rules and provisions.