Cooling room open during heat alert

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Peterborough, ON - A cooling room will be open between 9 a.m. and noon and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the One Roof drop-in centre, 99 Brock St., on days when a heat alert has been declared, starting Saturday, July 4, 2020. 

“One Roof Community Centre and St. John’s Anglican Church have been working with the City of Peterborough as they’ve adjusted services through the COVID-19 pandemic, including distributing water and now opening a modified cooling centre that meets public health guidelines,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Their service to people in our community is greatly appreciated.” 

The cooling room service will be following public health guidelines and implementing measures to protect the health of visitors and staff, including: 

  • Capacity will be limited to 15 people  

  • If there is a lineup of people waiting to use the cooling room, there will be a one-hour limit on people staying in the cooling room 

  • There will be chairs for visitors to rest while they cool down 

  • Chairs will be regularly cleaned 

  • Social distancing will be in place 

  • Masks will be made available to people using the cooling room 

  • Anyone entering the cooling room will be required to use hand sanitizer 

To help people stay hydrated, the City, Peterborough Public Health and community groups, including One Roof, are working together to provide refillable water bottles and bottled water. 

Refillable water bottles and bottled water are being distributed by One Roof through its community meal program. 

Peterborough Public Library is also providing refillable water bottles and able to refill water bottles during its curbside pickup hours detailed below. 

The City offers water refill stations at: 

  • Peterborough Marina, 92 George St. N. 

  • Eastgate Memorial Park, 2150 Ashburnham Dr. 

  • Beavermead Park, 2011 Ashburnham Dr. 

  • Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N., during its curbside pickup hours: 

  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

In addition to the water refill stations, the tap water in public washrooms at municipal parks, including King Edward Park and Millennium Park, is from the City’s normal water supply. 

Meals and beverages are also available through the City emergency shelter programs that are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the centralized intake. To access emergency shelter: 

  • Monday to Friday, visit in person at Social Services, 178 Charlotte St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 705-748-8830 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • After hours, during weekends and on holidays, call 705-926-0096 

For social assistance recipients and low-income residents, the Social Services is providing additional benefits to assist with providing fans and cooling options. 

For an up-to-date listing on municipal services affected by the COVID-19 emergency, please visit

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636