City to extend cooling station hours during heat advisories

In light of the recent extreme temperatures in the area, the Stoney administration is extending cooling station hours from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. while a heat advisory is in effect in the City of Richmond.


When the cooling station is open, but a heat advisory is not in effect, visitors will be welcome from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


“This is a change rooted in compassion and common sense,” said Mayor Stoney. “I know how hot this city can get during the summer. Nobody should risk heat stroke because they are experiencing homelessness or lack access to adequate air conditioning.”


“It’s the city’s job to step in, reach out a helping hand and prioritize public health.”


During the extent of the governor’s mask mandate, all residents who wish to use the cooling shelters must wear face coverings and practice social distancing where possible.


For more information regarding cooling assistance services, city residents should contact the city’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office at (804) 646-7046. Elderly residents with cooling related issues should contact Adult Services at (804) 646-7367. In the event of a heat related emergency, please call 9-1-1.