Town Hall to paint white circles at Innisfil Beach Park, make sure everyone keeps moving, to deter “lack of respect for physical distancing”

Town Hall capping number of beach goers at some parks

Don’t expect to catch some rays at Innisfil Beach Park this weekend. The Town of Innisfil doesn’t expect you’ll be sitting down long enough.

Following a busy Canada Day on its beaches, the Town of Innisfil is taking steps to ensure physical distancing while targeting illegally-parked vehicles and encouraging everyone to enjoy those beaches safely.

Effective July 4, visitors to Innisfil Beach Park will no longer be permitted to loiter on the sand area. That includes sitting down, sunbathing, setting up umbrellas, or even chairs. The town says people will be allowed to walk, run, or play on the sand, as well as use it to get to the water, so long as you remain in motion. Large white circles are being painted on grass areas, spaced at about 2 metres apart, to ensure visitors practice physical distancing. Barbecues or other outdoor cooking are also prohibited at the park for now.

The Town is capping how many people can be at the beach areas of Leonard’s Beach and the 9th Line Beach. A maximum occupancy will be posted and visitors will be expected to take a close look at these beaches before entering.

“We really are doing everything possible within our power and resources to continue to keep these public spaces open for residents to enjoy safely. If these measures don’t work and if we see a lack of respect for physical distancing then unfortunately we may be in a position where we have to further restrict beach access,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Everyone must remember this is still a pandemic and we as a municipality are doing everything we can to adapt as quickly as possible – but at the end of the day, only the public’s cooperation can help guarantee success.”

Innisfil Town Hall says parking enforcement will be stepped up and illegally-parked vehicles will be towed.