Ramara Township is closing public beaches and access points to Lake Simcoe due to overcrowding, excessive dumping of garbage and visitors ignoring the protocols put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The closure will be instituted at 12:01 a.m. Thursday (July 9) and will remain in effect until further notice.
A media release from the municipality notes that the Township has been left with “no other choice.”
“Over the past two weeks, the Township has experienced an influx of visitors at our beaches who are not safely physical distancing, not adhering to the Province’s gathering restriction measures and are clearly ignoring all rules set out at our beach locations. Our only choice is to close the beaches in order to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff,” said Ramara CAO John Pinsent.
“Beaches are intended for the residents of Ramara first and foremost, and we are not set up to effectively enforce ‘Resident Only’ beaches,” added Mayor Basil Clarke.
“As many visitors are not showing respect and following protocols set out by the province and health units, we have decided to close all public beaches and some water access points in Ramara. We hope that this gives visitors and our residents a clear message that we care about our small community and don’t want to put anyone’s health at risk.”
The following locations will be closed — Brechin Beach; The Steps; Conc. 10; Lagoon City Beach; Lovely Day Park; Glenrest Beach; Florida Ave Park; Lakeshore Drive water access points; Glenrest Drive water access points; Amelia Drive water access point; and Dock Road water access point
“Bylaw enforcement will continue to patrol beaches and parks regularly to ensure that residents and visitors comply with all regulations and bylaws. Failure to follow these rules could result in receiving a fine,” the media release reads.