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OHA lifts capacity limits at pools, theaters and malls ahead of historic heat wave

With temperatures above 100 forecasted for this weekend, Oregonians will need more places to cool down.

PORTLAND, Ore. — With potentially record-breaking heat forecasted over the next few days, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has suspended COVID-19 capacity limits at swimming pools, movie theaters and shopping malls, effective immediately. 

Capacity limits at cooling centers and on public transit were also lifted Friday.

Although limits have been lifted for many indoor and outdoor activities, the Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) said Saturday that community pools were full by 5:00 p.m. Since attendance levels are likely to fluctuate over this weekend it is advised to call ahead about pool availability.

 "PP&R is aware that the Oregon Health Authority has suspended COVID-related capacity limits at swimming pools in Oregon. PP&R must prioritize the safety, of swimmers in pools," the department said in a release.

PP&R has park splash pads and fountains citywide to help keep cool. Locations and info are online on their website.

Other resources to help you stay cool:

Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday Oregon will lift pandemic restrictions no later than June 30, even if the state does not reach the governor's goal of 70% of adult Oregonians vaccinated. Until then, masks may still be required. Masks will still be required on public transit even after the statewide mask mandate is lifted. 

RELATED: Portland could break all-time heat record this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most inland areas of the Northwest for Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to widespread 100 degree temperatures. Portland could break its all-time hottest temperature record of 107 degrees Sunday. 

OHA also shared tips for preventing and identifying heat-related illness.

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