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Local cooling centers make adjustments due to COVID concerns

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - Are you looking for a place to cool off and you plan of going to a cool center you have in the past? You'll want to double-check if it is a cooling center this summer due to COVID-19 concerns.

Quincy Public Library officials said if you need to get out of the heat, you can stop by the library during business hours.

"We feel it's important to offer this as a place for people to get relief to get cool and to not be out in the heat when it's very hot out," said Kathleen Helsabeck. She is the Executive Director of the library.

She said their bathroom is open, however, water fountains are not available due to COVID guidance. Also, masks are required and they are asking that you practice social distancing.

"We will constantly be monitoring the number of people that are inside the building, the number of patrons inside of the building, and if that gets to be too many we will have to make considerations and make some changes," said Helsabeck.

Meanwhile, officials at the Quincy Salvation Army Kroc Center said the facility will not be open a cooling center this summer. Officials with the Kroc Center do say they have other places for you to cool off. The Quincy Family Store, the Quincy Family Services facility, and their Hannibal Facility are available for individuals who need to cool off. Officials say each facility will provide a seating area with water during normal business hours.

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