Thursday, February 11, 2021

Freezing temperatures prompt opening of warming centers

In response to the dangerously cold temperatures this week, Warming Centers have been opened in Westland.

Westland City Hall at 36300 will offer a safe place for residents to escape the cold conditions and will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center at 32150 Dorsey will also offer warming conditions from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Residents will also be welcome at Fire Station  #1 at 35701 Central City Parkway which will offer warm shelter 24 hours every day as will the police station at  36701 Ford Road.

COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect at all the warming centers, officials cautioned.

“For the health and safety of our residents and staff all warming center locations will be thoroughly sanitized prior to opening to the residents daily. When residents arrive at the centers, they will be temperature screened and asked to provide their name and phone number in the event contact tracing becomes necessary,” noted a prepared statement..

Residents will be required to wear masks at all times while at a warming center location and free masks will be made available to residents who may not have one. Social distancing for those not of the same household will be required .

The city will provide water to residents during their stay and gloves and hand sanitizer will also be available.