This Guidance is no longer in effect and is for historical purposes only.
Extreme heat is a major public health concern in California. Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heat stroke and death. Cooling Centers (a cool site or air-conditioned facility designed to provide relief and protection during extreme heat) are used by many communities to protect health during heat events. However, the use of Cooling Centers can potentially provide a route for the transmission of the Novel Coronavirus or the illness known as COVID-19 among both visitors and staff. In addition, groups of people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults or those with underlying medical conditions, may have the need to congregate at Cooling Centers. This document provides guidance to support a safe, clean environment for members of the public and workers at facilities operated as Cooling Centers.
Individual Control Measures and Screenings
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
Physical Distancing Guidelines