Town of Innisfil restricting access to beaches and boat launches to reduce crowds and promote physical distancing

Staff-controlled gate being installed at Innisfil Beach Park

With the first long weekend of the season just around the corner, the Town of Innisfil will be putting in place some measures to reduce crowds at beaches and boat launches.

As of May 21, parking at Innisfil Beach Park will be for residents only. A staff-controlled parking gate will be installed at the entrance to the park to regulate access on weekends. This will continue until June 27, after which it will be controlled seven days a week until the fall. The town is imposing other measures at the park to promote physical distancing and address overcrowding including keeping its “beaches in motion” policy in play again this year; the policy, put in place last summer, allows only active play on the sand area of the beach, meaning no sunbathing or the setting up of chairs. Barbeques and other cooking implements have been prohibited, and physical distancing circles will be painted on grassy areas.

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“To help reduce crowds and out-of-area travel, we’re imposing measures that will keep our community safe while the province’s vaccination program reaches more people,” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Our residents did such a great job following the COVID-19 measures and guidelines at our beaches last summer and we are counting on our citizens to show that same level of support and co-operation again.”

The boat launch in Gilford will be open with free resident parking and paid non-resident parking. Staff will control access to the launch, following the same schedule as that of the gate at Innisfil Beach Park.

The following parking lots will be limited to residents only:

  • 9th Line Road End
  • 10th Line Park
  • 12th/Mapleview Line Park and Lot
  • 30th Sideroad North Road End and Dock
  • Guest Road Lot
  • Belle Ewart Park

Parking in a designated Residents-Only spot could result in a vehicle getting towed or a $150 fine. Resident parking passes from 2020 will remain valid until 2022. Residents can book a curbside appointment at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library to pick up their pass at www.innisfil.ca/resident-parking-pass