Beaches in Barrie reopen on Saturday

The goal is to have lifeguards on duty by early July

Beach bums can rejoice.

The City of Barrie reopened beaches on Saturday, as Stage 2 of the COVID-19 recovery continues in Simcoe Muskoka. There will be no lifeguards on duty. Hiring and training of lifeguards will begin immediately, with the goal to have them in place by early July. Parents and guardians must ensure children are supervised at the beach.

To keep a lid on crowds at the beaches, waterfront parking lots will be reserved for Barrie residents only at this time. Vehicles must display a Resident Waterfront Parking Pass. Non-residents will have no parking options and will not be able to pay to park.

If residents don’t have a Resident Waterfront Parking Pass or fail to display their pass and receive a parking ticket in one of the applicable waterfront lots, they can contact Enforcement Services at enforcement.services@barrie.ca or 705-739-4241 to have the ticket waived with proof of residency. Do not park in the Marina lot unless you are a marina patron. All other vehicles will be ticketed.

Opening of seasonal washrooms will be phased-in, starting with Centennial Park and Heritage Park next week.

If you are going to be at any of the beaches, the City reminds people they need to follow public health guidelines including practicing physical distancing and gatherings of no more than 10 people.