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City reopens beaches this weekend, but bring a winter coat

'Those who arrive at a beach area that is too busy or crowded are asked to wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or to return at another time'
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City beaches will be back open this weekend including the Goulet Golden Mile Beach at the waterfront. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Sun worshippers' prayers will be answered this weekend as the City reopens its public beaches.

After consulting with the Health Unit, the decision was made for all municipal beaches to open effective tomorrow (Friday).

"Residents are reminded to physical distance and that groups of more than five that are not part of the same household are still not permitted," notes a news release.

"Those who arrive at a beach area that is too busy or crowded are asked to wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or to return at another time."

That's unlikely to be a problem this weekend as we plunge from a heat warning to chilly highs of just 10 degrees both days, with rain Saturday.

Also, if you choose to swim it's at your own risk as there will be no lifeguard supervision available at municipal beaches this summer.

“Our community has remained vigilant and we trust that residents will be responsible and respect the restrictions in place regarding physical distancing and gatherings of no more than five people,” said Mayor Al McDonald.

The City will monitor the use of beaches and implement changes if necessary should crowding become a concern.

“As beaches reopen, and for them to remain open, it is important that we continue to practice physical distancing of two metres. If physical distancing is not possible, do not enter the beach area,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. 

The opening of beaches aligns with the province’s gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreation amenities, including expanded access to municipal parks and open spaces and allowing the use of benches, picnic tables and shelters.

Outdoor play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, and splash pads remain closed until later stages of the province's reopening plan.


Jeff Turl

About the Author: Jeff Turl

Jeff is a veteran of the news biz. He's spent a lengthy career in TV, radio, print and online, covering both news and sports. He enjoys free time riding motorcycles and spoiling grandchildren.
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