Barrie Bylaw handed out over 200 parking tickets over the weekend, but say beach-goers kept a safe distance from others

Four other by-law infractions noted

Saturday represented the first spate of nice weather the City of Barrie has seen since putting in place new measures to control crowding at local beaches. It appears the measures were working.

“While Saturday was busy in our parks and at our beaches with the hot and sunny weather, staff did not see any major issues with people respecting proper physical distancing,” Tammy Banting, Barrie’s Manager of Enforcement Services, told Barrie 360 via email.

Banting says the City handed out 201 parking tickets in waterfront areas on July 18 and 19, and four tickets for reasons other than parking; three for smoking or vaping in restricted areas and one for having a dog on the beach. Bylaw enforcement officers were instructed to forego the traditional warning and begin ticketing every infraction.

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