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Kent Severe Weather Shelter to open nightly at Kent Lutheran Church

7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30

The city of Kent Severe Weather Shelter, will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 27-30 at Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Ave. S.

The high and low temperatures are expected to be below freezing most of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Monday’s temps are expected to be a high of 25 and a low of 23. Tuesday will hit a high of 32 and a low of 20. Wednesday will have a high of 31 and a low of 22 followed by Thursday with a high of 38 and a low of 22. Temperatures are expected to be above freezing on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1-2.

Due to the rise in positive COVID-19 cases, capacity is limited to 50 guests each night, according to city officials.

Shelter details:

• Will open at 7 p.m.

• Doors will close once capacity (50 guests) is reached

• Masks are required to be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status

• Guests must practice social distancing and stay in their assigned locations

• Bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be available

• No re-entry upon exit

• Guests must vacate shelter by 7 a.m.

• Kent Severe Weather Shelter operation is dependent on availability of adequate staffing

For more information, please email the city of Kent Human Services team at

Warming center at Kent Commons

The Kent Commons Community Center, 525 Fourth Ave. N., has opened the Crystal Mountain Hall Room to serve as a daytime warming center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30.

Guests must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours of entry) to enter the Kent Commons. Masks are required all times. All guests must adhere to regular building code of conduct.

Accepted vaccination documentation includes CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card, printed certificate or QR code from, or other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S.

Accepted negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours of entry include FDA-approved molecular test (PCR test), negative FDA-approved antigen test (rapid test). Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered home tests) will not be accepted.

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