Salt Lake County is opening the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Mountain American Expo Center to residents and visitors who need to get out of the heat that is expected to hit the Wasatch Front over the next few days.
The air-conditioned facilities will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday to Tuesday to “anyone seeking a break from the heat” so they can “cool off, hydrate and stay safe from heat-related illness,” according to a news release. Forecasts call for temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s over the next few days — as much as 20 degrees above the average temperatures expected at this time of year.
The Salt Palace is at 100 S. West Temple; the Mountain America Expo Center is at 9575 S. State Street in Sandy. There will be free parking at both locations.
Visitors are "strongly encouraged” to wear face masks; social distancing will be enforced. Anyone who has symptoms of illness should not enter the buildings. Wifi is available at both centers.
The county is also urging local residents to check on their neighbors — particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions — to make sure they’re surviving the unseasonably high temperatures.