Wasaga Beach to gradually reopen Beach Drive sandy area and use ambassadors to control access

Sandy portion of Beach Drive closed July 2 due to concerns of overcrowding

Wasaga Beach council has given the green light to a plan that would allow the sand-covered portion of Beach Drive to reopen gradually this week.

Council closed the makeshift beach on July 2 following reports of overcrowding. The sand-covered portion of Beach Drive was fenced and roped off. On Tuesday, council approved a Community Safety Plan that will make use of four pods created in closing the beach area off.

One pod is being designated for residents only.

“Through our plan and the use of our pods we can control access to specific areas of the sand-covered portion of Beach Drive and control physical distancing within the pods,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said. “Each pod has been assigned a certain capacity based on the amount of space taken up.”

Access to the pods will be controlled by one of nine beach ambassadors that council recently approved hiring.

Council’s plan also includes prohibiting certain activities in this space, including sports and barbecues.