Municipal beaches are reopening tomorrow.
City officials say the beaches will reopen after consulting with public health officials. Residents are reminded to maintain physical distancing measures while enjoying the beaches. 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.
“After careful evaluation, and in consultation with public health, we will be opening our beaches,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “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.”
Officials add that the city will be monitoring 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. “To help stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important to practice physical distancing, wash or sanitize your hands often, wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge, stay home as much as possible, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when sick.”
City officials add 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.
Officials say outdoor play structures and equipment, fitness equipment and splash pads remain closed until later stages of the province’s reopening plan.