Many beaches in Saugeen Shores are now open to the public after the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce lifted the orders that were announced in May, 2020.
A few considerations for beachgoers:
- Physical distancing is crucial to preventing the spread of the virus—all beachgoers must remain at least two metres away from those outside their immediate family. As well, social gatherings of more than five people are still prohibited by the province.
- Service levels are currently reduced due to COVID-19: staff continue to work to open facilities, but at this time there are no public washrooms open and limited garbage bins. Everyone is expected to carry out their own garbage when leaving the beach.
- Due to high water levels, towel space is limited at many beaches, in particular Gobles Grove. And in some cases, parking has been removed.
- The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) breakwater project is still underway at the Port Elgin Main Beach, so the beach area remains temporarily closed as safety protocols are developed and implemented.
“Everyone must do their part to use our reopened beaches safely,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “From physical distancing to picking up after ourselves when we leave, let’s work together so we can all enjoy our beaches this summer.”
For accurate COVID-19 information and resources from Saugeen Shores, visit SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19.