San Jose Cooling Centers Offer Heat Relief, With Conditions

Margie Shafer
May 27, 2020 - 5:31 pm

    Bay Area cooling centers are operating differently during the COVID-19 crisis.

    To go into a cooling center you have to wear a mask, social distancing is required and at the Cypress Senior Center in San Jose, Sandra Rios will take your temperature.

    "If someone is 100 degrees or higher, then we will ask you to sit in the shade and wait and maybe cool off," Rios told KCBS Radio.

    If you do have a high temperature,  you will not be allowed in as part of COVID-19 safety precautions.

    On one side of the room Ernie was cooling off, his bicycle nearby.

    "I stay in an RV and my RV is very hot, as there’s no cooling in the RV so I come out here," Ernie said.

    This is one of five cooling centers open now in San Jose, the opening triggered when the high gets above a sweltering 97 degrees. Additional centers are open in cities throughout Santa Clara County.

    Malls, theaters and fast food places, which typically offer a respite from the heat, aren’t open due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    "It’s just really, really, really hot in my house," Pat said.

    The cooling centers will also be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Click here for a complete list of cooling centers in Santa Clara County.