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City activates hot weather response plan but COVID-19 restrictions keep it limited

Cooling centres and pools can’t open due to pandemic response
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Updated June 8 at 1:16 p.m.: The city has advised that for June 8, the main branch of Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 MacKenzie St., will be open as a cooling centre from noon to 8 p.m.

Environment Canada has extended the heat warning for the region as hot, humid weather is expected to continue for days. 

As it normally does in these instances, the City of Greater Sudbury has activated its municipal Hot Weather Response Plan. Normally, this would mean municipal facilities would open as cooling centres and municipal pools would be available for use.

Not this year though.

“Municipal facilities that would normally open as cooling centres, such as community centres, libraries and citizen service centres, remain closed due to COVID-19. Municipal pools also remain closed.”

However, municipal beaches are open to the public, although lifeguard supervision is unavailable until June 19. 

“Rescue equipment has been placed at beaches, but residents who choose to swim will do so at their own risk. Ensure children are supervised by an adult and kept within arm’s reach at all times, and swim with a buddy for greater safety,” the city said in a news release.

Washroom facilities or portables are provided at beach locations and splash pads.

Looking for a beach? Here are the seven public beaches The city operates seven public beaches at the following locations:

  • Bell Park Main Beach – Ramsey Lake, Sudbury
  • Capreol Public Beach – Marshy Lake, Capreol
  • Centennial Park Beach - Vermilion River, Whitefish
  • Kalmo Beach – Whitson Lake, Val Caron
  • Moonlight Beach – Ramsey Lake, Sudbury
  • Nepahwin Beach – Nepahwin Lake, Sudbury
  • Whitewater Lake Park – Whitewater Lake, Azilda

The city advised that the YMCA is open for members of the public to shelter from the heat from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Seniors and residents who require assistance should call 311 to discuss their individual situation.

Outdoor drinking water fountains are open at Memorial Park and Bell Park as well as outside the Sudbury Community Arena.

The city’s 15 splash pads are open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit GreaterSudbury.ca/SplashPads for locations.

Splash pads are unsupervised water play areas, and parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times. These amenities are not sanitized and users are reminded to wash or sanitize their hands well before and after use, and maintain a distance of two metres from others.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts offers information on beating the heat in apartment buildings, keeping your children and pets safe, and doing outdoor activities in heat and smog.