Labor Day cooling centers

Tuolumne County announced on Friday that two cooling centers will be open during Labor Day weekend despite earlier stating that the forecast did not meet the criteria of its contingency plan for extreme weather.

The cooling centers will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Groveland Library, 18990 Highway 120, Groveland.

Precautions will be in place at both centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including symptom screening, physical distancing, and face coverings will be required for both staff and people seeking relief from the hot weather.

No pets are allowed at either of the centers.

Daytimes highs in Sonora from Saturday through Tuesday are expected to be in the triple digits, peaking at 106 degrees on Sunday. The county’s plan typically triggers the opening of cooling centers when highs are forecast to be 105 or above for three straight days.

Calaveras County announced on Thursday that a cooling center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday in the county’s Health and Human Services Agency’s building at 509 E. St. Charles St. in San Andreas.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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