Mayor Fulop Reopens 3 City Buildings as Cooling Centers to Expand Indoor Access for all Residents during Scorching Summer Heat; Social Distancing & Safety Protocols Strictly Enforced
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services announce cooling centers opening throughout Jersey City to provide all residents with a respite during the scorching summer heat as temperatures reach dangerous levels this week. The senior and community facilities, currently restricted to the public due to the pandemic, will open for all residents to offer cooling center services during peak heat hours on weekdays. The cooling sites must adhere to social mitigation and safety measures in place; masks must be worn at all times inside the city sites and indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity.
The following three city-run cooling centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday:
Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center
140 Martin Luther King Drive
Joseph Connors Senior Center
28 Paterson Street
Maureen Collier Senior Center
335 Bergen Avenue
“While many indoor facilities that our residents typically rely on remain closed or have limited capacity, we want to make sure our most vulnerable populations have a safe space to cool off as the heat reaches dangerous levels. While we open cooling centers every summer for our residents, this year we are taking extra precautions and will require masks and social distancing while inside the city sites,” said Mayor Fulop.
The city cooling centers will provide masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, and will be required to follow Jersey City health and safety policies already in place, including prohibiting the consumption of food, limiting restroom capacity, requiring employees and the public to wear face coverings while indoors where 6-feet distancing cannot be maintained, and all indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity.
All residents – especially the elderly, disabled people, pregnant women, and children under the age of two – are encouraged to stay indoors or take advantage of the cooling facilities. Three additional Jersey City cooling centers are also opening exclusively to the homeless population:
St. Lucy’s Shelter
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
619 Grove Street
Collaborative Support Program
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. & Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon
124 Claremont Avenue
GSECDC drop-in center
Weekdays only during regular hours of operation
514 Newark Avenue
“We’ve also reopened city pools, splash pads, and sprinklers and we strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of these options until the temperatures subside,” concluded Mayor Fulop.