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Municipal Centre Arena Lobby Opens to the Public as a Cooling Centre

July 7, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE – The Municipality of North Grenville is opening a cooling centre for residents to provide relief and protection during the heat wave.

Beginning Wednesday, July 8, the Municipal Centre Arena Lobby will be open to the public from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily as a cooling centre.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Residents will be screened for COVID-19 by Municipal staff and will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.  

Residents are required to wear a mask or face covering. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has mandated that facial coverings/masks be worn in indoor public spaces as an added measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Municipality will provide disposable masks if required.

People using the cooling centre will be required to maintain a two-metre distance from others who are not from their household.

The canteen will not be open, however residents can bring their own water bottle to refill at the water refill station. Public washrooms will be available.

For more information visit: www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.

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Health Unit Warns to Take Precautions During High Heat and Humidity

Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has developed a list of precautions the public can take during a heat wave including:

  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty.
  • Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.Limit caffeinated beverages such as coffee and cola.
  • Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building.

For the full list visit the Health Unit’s website at: https://healthunit.org/heat-warning/

For more information contact:

Mark Guy
Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture

613-258-9569 ext. 107