Lifeguards return to 6 Toronto swimming beaches

General view of people enjoying the nice weather at Cherry Beach while observing social distancing in downtown Toronto on June 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Dominic Chan

The City of Toronto says lifeguards will be returning to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches beginning on Monday.

Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The city said swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard or outside swim areas is not recommended.

The six swimming beaches opening Monday with lifeguards back on duty are:

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue flag)
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue flag)
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue flag)
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Woodbine Beach (Blue flag)

The city said four Toronto Island Park beaches will open for swimming after ferry service resumes. Rouge Valley Beach is currently inaccessible, and a supervised swim program will not operate there, the city added.

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Toronto officials are also reminding people that provincial orders restricting gatherings of more than 10 people who are not members of the same household remain in effect.

“While visiting a beach or park, people must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Under the city’s physical-distancing bylaw, any two people who don’t live together who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a city park or public square can receive a $1,000 ticket,” the city said.

“People should adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people.”

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