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County opens cool zones amid soaring temperatures

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 16:41:13-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County has opened cool zones as the county faces scorching temperatures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A cool zone will open at noon today in the former Sears building at Chula Vista Center, providing socially distant and disinfected spaces to beat the heat.

With a heat wave expected this weekend and into next week and the city's recreation centers and libraries closed to the public due to the pandemic, the city issued a statement saying the opening of a cool zone was paramount.

The Chula Vista cool zone will be open when temperatures exceed 85 degrees, and will be operated by city recreation staff. It will remain open through next week.

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Visitors to the zone, located at 565 Broadway, are required to wear a face covering while inside and may bring one personal bag.

There will be seating available and movies playing. Each area will be disinfected between uses. Water is allowed, but no food, no smoking and no pets. Each visitor will receive a temperature screening prior to entrance and will be advised to maintain six feet social distancing from those who are not members of their household.

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COVID-19 testing is still taking place in another portion of the former Sears building and will not interfere with the cool zone area.

The same coronavirus protections are in place at other cool zones throughout the county. Click here for a full list of cool zones throughout San Diego County or see the list below:

  • Borrego Springs Library - 2580 Country Club Road Borrego Springs 92004 (760) 767-5761 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only
  • Fallbrook Community - Center 341 Heald Lane Fallbrook 92028 (760) 728-1671 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only
  • Lakeside Community - Center 9841 Vine St. Lakeside 92040 (619) 443-9176 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only
  • Potrero Branch Library - 24883 Potrero Valley Rd. Potrero 91963 (619) 478-5978 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only COOL ZONES 2020 Page 2 of 2 July 10, 2020
  • Santa Ysabel Nature Center - 22135 Highway 79 Santa Ysabel 92070 (760) 765-4098 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only
  • Spring Valley Community Center - 8735 Jamacha Blvd. Spring Valley 91977 (619) 479-1832 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only
  • Valley Center Branch Library - 29200 Cole Grade Rd. Valley Center 92082 (760) 749-1305 Monday – Friday; Noon – 5:00 p.m. Open on Sat. 7/11 & Sun. 7/12 (Special hours): Noon – 5:00 p.m. Service animals only