St Catharines to temporarily limit the number of beach-goers

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After recently reopening its three city beaches, St Catharines is now temporarily limiting the number of citizens who can go sunbathe.

As could be expected, residents, eager to finally go outside, jammed St Catharines’ three beaches (Sunset Beach, Lakeside Park and Jone Beach) over recent weekends. The end result of the overcrowding gave city officials concern about the possible spread of COVID-19, among other issues.

In a release, City officials said, “Large numbers of visitors at beaches has led to overcrowding, resulting in concerns related to COVID-19 restrictions and the possible spread of the disease. Overcrowding has in turn exaggerated issues of drinking and problem behaviours.”

In an effort to enforce physical distancing, the City has decided to temporarily limit the number of beach-goers at both Sunset Beach and Lakeside Park Beach by adding security officials at entrances to monitor crowd sizes and behaviour.

Under the city’s orders, signage will now be posted at the entrance to beach neighbourhoods letting drivers know when beaches are at capacity limits and closed to new entries.

As a precaution, officials added, “Visitors are reminded that alcohol, smoking/vaping, barbecues and littering are strictly prohibited at City beaches. Those visiting beaches may be subject to search on entry. Guests must adhere to Provincial Covid-19 limits on gatherings and other restrictions.”

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